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A lawyer for President Trump said in a letter to the Treasury Department Friday that House Democrats’ demand for the president’s tax returns is illegal and would set a dangerous precedent.
The letter came in response to the request Wednesday from Rep. Richard Neal (D-MA), the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, that the IRS hand over six years of the president’s personal and business tax returns, as well as files related to any administrative reviews or audits of those returns. Neal said he was authorized to obtain the return by a provision of the tax code that requires the IRS to deliver an individual’s tax returns at the request of the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee.
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William Consovoy, a lawyer representing the president in the dispute over his tax returns, wrote to Treasury Department General Counsel Brent McIntosh to argue that Neal’s request was not legal because it stemmed from an illicit purpose.
“His request is a transparent effort by one political party to harass an official from the other party because they dislike his politics and speech,” Consovoy wrote.
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Consovoy also pointed out that the same section of the law that allows the chairman to request individual tax returns also allows the president to request tax returns.
“If the IRS acquiesces to Chairman Neal’s request, it would set a dangerous precedent,” Consovoy wrote. “Once this Pandora’s box is opened, the ensuing ****-for-tat will do lasting damage to our nation.”
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Consovoy went on to point out that most members of Congress do not release their tax returns:
“The potential abuses would not be limited to Congress, as the President has even greater authority than Congress to...
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