President Trump’s lawyers are suing on his behalf to block a subpoena seeking years of the president’s tax returns.
Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Maryland) issued what he told CNN was “a friendly subpoena” earlier this month to Mazars USA, the president’s accountant. He is asking for ten years of the president’s tax records.
Just two weeks prior, House Ways and Means Committee chairman Richard Neal (D-Mass.) formally asked the IRS to hand over six years of the president’s tax returns. It is an unprecedented move.
Presidential candidates have never been legally required to show their taxes to be officially allowed to run for or be president. But the president’s decision to not publicly release his tax records has caused an outcry among Democrats.
Tax Returns are Confidential
We can only speculate as to why President Trump has decided to not release them, but one thing is clear, he has the right to withhold them. According to the IRS, in section 6103 of the Internal Revenue Code, tax returns are confidential and are protected as such.
The only person who can release this information is the taxpayer, in this case, President Donald J. Trump.
The president has stated that he will not allow what he considers harassment of his campaign, and now of his presidency, to continue. His lawyer, Jay Sekulow, in a statement said that “we will not allow presidential harassment to go unanswered.”
The subpoena seeks to investigate events that occurred before Trump was president and “has no legitimate legislative purpose.”
The complaint filed in Washington states, “Democrats are using their new control of congressional committees to investigate every aspect of President Trump’s personal finances, businesses, and even his family,” according to the Associated Press.
PRESIDENTIAL HARASSMENT! It should never be allowed to happen again!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 7, 2019
This morning, the president tweeted, that the tables are finally turning on the “witch hunt” against him.
Only high crimes and misdemeanors can lead to impeachment. There were no crimes by me (No Collusion, No Obstruction), so you can’t impeach. It was the Democrats that committed the crimes, not your Republican President! Tables are finally turning on the Witch Hunt!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 22, 2019