House Democrats are officially in possession of six year’s worth of former President Donald Trump’s federal tax returns.
The chamber’s Ways and Means Committee received documents for the years 2013 to 2018 from the IRS Wednesday with just over a month to go in the lame-duck session.
The Treasury Department told CNN it has complied with the Supreme Court’s order last week to not intervene after lower courts mandated the handover to lawmakers.
Rep. Richard Neal (D-Mass.), the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, has sought the 76-year-old former president’s tax records since 2016, when Trump became the first presidential candidate in four decades to refuse to voluntarily submit the documents to public scrutiny, citing an alleged audit.
Neal was tight-lipped about whether he was in possession of the sensitive documents.
“I expect to see this through,” he said Wednesday, adding that he was legally prevented from disclosing document details, according to NBC. “That’s the best answer I can give you … I’ll have better answers [after meeting] with the attorneys.”
Earlier this month, Chief Justice John Roberts temporarily blocked Neal’s committee from accessing Trump’s tax records while the Supreme Court decided how to act on a last-ditch effort by the former president’s attorneys to block the release of the documents.
Last week, the high court rejected Trump’s plea, paving the way for House Democrats to obtain the documents with just weeks to go before Republicans take control of the House in January. At that point, a GOP lawmaker will be appointed to head Ways and Means.
House Democrats have been investigating whether the former commander-in-chief used his office for personal enrichment, recently revealing that the Trump Organization made hundreds of thousands of dollars from stays at Trump-owned hotels by foreign leaders and the Secret Service.