Powerful Lawmaker Subpoenas Trump's Tax Records

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The Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee has formally demanded Trump's tax records from the IRS and Treasury.

Representative Richard E. Neal (D-MA), the Chairman of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, subpoenaed the Internal Revenue Service and the U.S. Treasury Department, to deliver President Donald Trump's personal and business tax returns and to provide access to them to U.S. lawmakers, according to the New York Times.

Just recently, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and IRS Commissioner Steve Rettig, Trump appointees overseeing the Treasury department and the IRS, formally ignored a congressional request for the President's tax records.

“After reviewing the options available to me, and upon the advice of counsel, I issued a subpoena today to the secretary of the Treasury and the commissioner of the I.R.S. for six years of personal and business returns,” Chairman Neal said in a public statement, "While I do not take this step lightly, I believe this action gives us the best opportunity to succeed and obtain the requested material.”

Chairman Neal gave both Mnuchin and Rettig until May 17th, 5:00 PM Eastern Standard Time, to formally deliver Trump's tax records.

If the past is any indicator of the future, the Trump administration is unlikely to honor the Chairman's request.

The Times reported that the President was "infuriated" by Neal's subpoenas, indicating that he will likely continue to use the Court's to continue his battle against congressional oversight.

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