US President Donald Trump talks to reporters during the annual Congressional picnic event at the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC [File: Carlos Barria/Reuters]

A Democratic-led US House of Representatives panel on Tuesday filed a long-awaited lawsuit in federal court to demand President Donald Trump‘s individual and business tax returns.

The House Ways and Means Committee filed the lawsuit against the US Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service after Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin refused a legal request for the records and defied two congressional subpoenas seeking the returns.

“Despite its mandatory obligation, the Treasury Department failed to comply with the law and denied the Committee’s request,” Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal said in a statement.

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