Trump tax returns: US House committee gets access after long court fight

A US House of Representatives committee has obtained access to Donald Trump’s tax returns, following a years-long court fight with the former president who has accused the Democratic-led panel of being politically motivated.

“Treasury has complied with last week’s court decision,” a treasury department spokesperson said in an emailed statement late on Wednesday. The spokesperson declined to say whether the committee had yet accessed the documents. The development was reported earlier by CNN.

The ways and means committee obtained the tax returns following a supreme court decision clearing their release. It has been seeking the returns spanning 2015 through 2020, which it says it needs to establish whether the Internal Revenue Service is properly auditing presidential returns and whether new legislation is needed.

The panel will have little time to do its work, with Republicans poised to take the House in January.

Trump, who on 15 November began his third consecutive run for the…

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This article was written by Reuters in Washington and originally published on www.theguardian.com