House Democrats sue to get Trump tax returns

By Stephen Dinan – The Washington Times |

President Donald Trump speaks during a signing ceremony in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Monday, July 1, 2019. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

House Democrats filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday to compel President Trump to comply with a demand for his tax returns, asking a judge to referee the matter.

House Ways and Means Chairman Richard Neal took the step a month and a half after top Trump aides said they would defy a subpoena demanding years of returns from Mr. Trump and some of his associated organizations.

The move thrilled activists who’d been begging for Democrats to escalate the fight.

“No one is above the law. And Congress must not allow administration officials like [Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin] — and certainly not Trump himself — to think they are,” said Stand Up America spokesperson Ryan Thomas.

Mr. Neal says he wants to see the returns in order to judge whether the IRS is following its own guidance about auditing presidents. Other Democrats say they want to see the information because they believe it contains embarrassing information.

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