Published On: Sat, Jul 31st, 2021

‘Dangerous Precedent’: Grassley on Justice Department Ordering Release of Trump Tax Returns

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The Department of Justice’s (DOJ) order on Friday to release former President Donald Trump’s tax returns appears to be purely political and sets a dangerous precedent, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) said. In 2019, the department said the returns did not have to be given to Rep. Richard Neal (D-Mass.), chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, because Neal was “disingenuous” about the true purpose of seeking the returns. On July 31, a lawyer in the department’s Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) reversed that decision, alleging the panel “invoked facially valid reasons for its request.” Grassley was among those decrying the move. “The federal government closely guards private taxpayer information for a reason. It seems to me that this new opinion from the Biden Justice Department is just politics. The Office of Legal Counsel is supposed to be a source of thoughtful legal analysis, not a source of political justifications to back …

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