Report: In 2014, A Republican Congress Released Private Tax Return Information

Speaker Paul RyanHeather Reed/Office of the Speaker of the House

Republicans say that it's unlawful for Congress to release the private tax return info., but they did just that in 2014.

The Trump administration and its GOP allies in Congress are attacking Democrats for "breaking the rules" by demanding the president's personal tax information, HuffPost reports.

“We should not be in a situation where individual private tax returns are used for political purposes,” said Jay Sekulow, one of Trump’s private attorneys, to ABC News on Sunday.

Ohio representative and Republican Jim Jordan echoed this sentiment on Friday. “When you have people in the Congress who, for political reasons, are trying to get access to someone’s tax returns, that’s as wrong as it gets,” he told C-SPAN.

Targeting Democrat lawmakers for having "political"―rather than legitimate authority―motivations for seeking the president's tax returns is one of the Republican party's biggest talking points nowadays .But it's quite an odd one―just six years ago, Republicans themselves demanded to see private tax returns for political reasons, using the exact same law that Democrats are using now to request the last six years of the president's tax information.

In 2013 and 2014, the GOP accused the Obama administration's Internal Revenue Service of mistreating conservative organizations that wanted recognition as tax-exempt nonprofit groups. As a result, they asked the IRS to give them tax information for right-leaning groups like Crossroads GPS in addition to a small handful of liberal organizations such as Priorities USA.

Thanks to a 1924 law checking corruption in the executive branch, Congress has the ability to request copies of anyone's tax return information.

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