FAST FIVE: "A Matter Of National Security" – DoJ Says Trump Tax Returns Must Be Released By IRS To Congress
“A Matter Of National Security” – DoJ Says Trump Tax Returns Must Be Released By IRS To Congress Conveniently timed to coincide with Trump's re-emergence on the political scene with rallies being readies in the run up to next year's mid-terms, the Department of Justice has decided now is the time to affirm that the income tax returns of former President Trump can be released by the IRS to Congress.
The DOJ's Office of Legal Counsel said that Congress had made a request with a legitimate legislative purpose to see Trump's tax returns.
As a result, under federal law, “Treasury must furnish the information to the Committee,” the opinion said.
The decision, as CNBC reports, comes more than a year after the US Supreme Court said that Trump's tax returns and other financial records had to be turned over by his longtime accountants to Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr., because of a subpoena issued as part of Vance's criminal probe of the Trump Organization.
Which brings us to the most humorous sentence of the statement: “Executive Branch officials must apply a presumption that Legislative Branch officials act in good faith and in furtherance of legitimate objectives.” Oh yeah, lots of “good faith” among that crowd.