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Statement by Congressman Dan Kildee on Ways and Means Committee Lawsuit for Trump’s Tax Returns

July 2, 2019
Press Release

Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05), Chief Deputy Whip of the House Democratic Caucus and member of the Ways and Means Committee, released the following statement after the House Ways and Means Committee filed a complaint in federal court to obtain six years of President Donald Trump’s tax returns and the accompanying administrative files:

“President Trump is the first president in nearly a half-century to break precedent and refuse to voluntarily release his tax returns, and the American people deserve transparency and accountability from their president. Chairman Neal has the clear legal authority to request the President’s tax returns to oversee the administration of our federal tax laws. The Ways and Means Committee must be able to continue their work creating tax laws that support American families and ensure our existing tax laws are being followed. Because the Administration has refused to comply with the law, I support the Committee’s filing of a lawsuit in federal court.”

On April 3, 2019, Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee Richard Neal sent a written request to IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig for six years of President Trump’s personal and related-entity tax returns. After the Commissioner failed to furnish the requested material, on May 10, 2019, Chairman Neal issued subpoenas to Department of Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Commissioner Rettig for the returns. The Secretary and Commissioner did not comply with the subpoenas.