Former president Donald Trump’s tax returns “must” be turned over to the House Ways and Means Committee, the Justice Department told the Treasury Department in a legal opinion released on Friday. But Trump may challenge the decision in court.
The Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel wrote that the committee, which first asked for the documents in 2019, had given “sufficient reasons” for their release.
“The chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee has invoked sufficient reasons for requesting the former president’s tax information,” the legal opinion said. “Treasury must furnish the information to the committee.”
The opinion is a reversal from the Office of Legal Counsel under the Trump administration, which, according to Friday’s opinion, “went astray” in 2019 by “suggesting that