Six years of former President Donald Trump’s tax returns are now in the hands of the Democratic-led House Committee, following the conclusion of a multiyear court battle.
On Wednesday (November 30), the Treasury Department confirmed that it complied with a Supreme Court decision allowing the House Ways and Means Committee to access Trump’s tax returns.
The House Ways and Means Committee is in possession of the former President’s tax returns was first reported by CNN.
However, whether anyone on the Committee has viewed the tax returns is unclear. The process for accessing the returns hasn’t been revealed and the Treasury Department refused to comment on whether the Committee had viewed the tax returns.
On Thursday (December 1), Ways and Means Committee members will meet to delve into Trump’s tax returns, but members still lack clarity on how this will be conducted.
One member of the Committee revealed being uncertain if they’ll “see” the tax returns or if their access will be relegated to a walk-through.
Furthermore, access to Trump’s tax returns comes at a very precarious time for House Democrats, who will contend with a GOP takeover of the lower chamber in just over a month, sunsetting any plans they may have had with the returns in their possession.
Chairman of the Committee, Richard Neal (D-Mass.), revealed he is under legal obligation not to reveal information about the handling of Trump’s tax returns but conceded that after meeting with attorneys on Thursday, he’d have “better answers.”
However, the Committee will have decided on a way forward with the tax returns by January 3, 2023, according to Ways and Means Committee member Bill Pascrell (D-N.J.)