Trump tries to block sending his tax returns to Congress

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Donald Trump's lawyers presented an appeal on Wednesday to try to block the sending of the former US president's tax returns to Congressional Democrats, arguing that he was targeted for exclusively political reasons.

Requests target President Trump because he is a Republican and political opponent, assert his lawyers, speaking of reprisals in their argument presented in federal court in the capital, Washington.

Democrats, who control Congress, have been trying for years to get tax secrets from the 45th President of the United States, the first since the 1970s to consistently refuse to release his tax returns when the billionaire made his fortune a campaign argument.

In a potential big step forward for Democrats, the US Department of Justice on Friday ordered the Treasury to provide this information to a committee of the House of Representatives.

The commission, in charge of tax matters (Ways and Means), claims six years of tax returns preceding the arrival of Donald Trump to the White House in 2017. She says she wants to study how the US tax authorities (IRS) controls the finances of the presidents.

An argument rejected by Donald Trump's lawyers.

Political battle

While House Democrats have presented countless justifications for obtaining the president's tax returns, no one at the time mentioned a desire to find out how the IRS audited presidents., they write.

The requests are designed specifically for, and in practice will only affect, President Trump, they point out.

The Justice Department made this argument on Friday, writing that it was possible that some elected members of Congress hope that Donald Trump's tax returns are not published only to embarrass him.

However, these reasons would not make it possible to invalidate the commission's request, he considered, because it clearly serves legitimate legislative purposes.

$ 750 federal tax

Just before the presidential election in November 2020, the New York Times had published a survey based on 20 years of tax data concerning the ex-real estate mogul and his group.

According to the daily, he paid just $ 750 in federal tax in 2016 and nothing in ten of the previous fifteen years, reporting more losses than gains.

Donald Trump had denounced bogus information and assured to have paid a lot of taxes without giving more details.


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