Democrats eye Trump’s tax re­turns but ex­pect a long fight

The Oklahoman - - NEWS - BY MARCY GOR­DON

WASH­ING­TON — Get­ting Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s tax re­turns is high on the list of Demo­cratic pri­or­i­ties now that they have won the House.

By law, the lead­ers of tax-writ­ing com­mit­tees in the House and Se­nate can ob­tain tax re­turns and re­lated in­for­ma­tion from the In­ter­nal Rev­enue Ser­vice. Democrats will con­trol the House panel next year.

Yet there’s no guar­an­tee that the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion will pro­vide the pres­i­dent’s re­turns. That sets up the pos­si­bil­ity of a le­gal bat­tle over the re­quest that could take years to re­solve.

Trump broke with po­lit­i­cal tra­di­tion in 2016 by re­fus­ing to re­lease his in­come tax fil­ings. He says he won’t re­lease them be­cause he’s un­der au­dit, and he claimed at a press con­fer­ence this week that the fil­ings are too com­plex for peo­ple to un­der­stand.

The Democrats tried and failed sev­eral times to ob­tain Trump’s re­turns as the mi­nor­ity party in Con­gress. Now, hav­ing gained some con­trol, they see them within their grasp.

Eyes are on Rep. Richard Neal of Mas­sachusetts, who is now the se­nior Demo­crat on the pow­er­ful Ways and Means Com­mit­tee and will be­come its chair­man in Jan­uary.

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