Trump Is Still Desperate to Keep His Tax Returns Out of Congress's Hands for Some Reason - 2021-10-27
You can't count on much in life, but one thing you can count on is that Donald Trump will go to the ends of the Earth to keep his tax returns under lock and key. Is this because they contain evidence of fraud and other crimes? While we can't say for sure, it certainly seems like it, given the way he guards them like state secrets (and, y'know, the reports of him having committed fraud, which he has of course denied). So terrified is Trump of anyone getting a look under the hood that not only did he break with decades of tradition by not voluntarily releasing his returns while running for president, he panicked and threw the full weight of his lawyers on anyone who tried to access them while he was in office. At the time, this worked out for him, given that the Justice Department was run by William Barr, who fashioned himself as Trump's personal attorney and refused to allow the Treasury Department to hand them over to Congress. But earlier this year, the Joe Biden DOJ reversed that decision and you'll never believe it, but someone has gone completely apeshit over the whole thing.
Per NBC News:
Lawyers for former president Donald Trump urged a federal judge late Tuesday to block the Treasury Department and the IRS from giving his tax returns to the House Ways and Means Committee.… The reason given by the committee chairman, Representative Richard Neal, for seeking the returns, to examine how the IRS audits presidents, is simply a pretext for wanting to search for something embarrassing, they told the federal judge. "No one believes that Chairman Neal requested President Trump's tax returns so he can study legislation about IRS audits. No one. Chairman Neal admits that this justification was a mere litigation strategy. His fellow committee members don't buy it either," the former president's lawyers said. "Anyone who's paid even minimal attention to American politics understands what's happening here: President Trump did not voluntarily disclose his tax returns during the campaign, his political opponents assume the information would damage him, and so his opponents want to force the disclosure."