U.S. Treasury followed proper procedures in rejecting Trump tax return request


FILE PHOTO – U.S. President Donald Trump answers a question during the daily coronavirus task force briefing at the White House in Washington, U.S., April 9, 2020. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Treasury Department followed proper procedures in denying the U.S. House of Representatives access to President Donald Trump’s tax returns, the inspector general’s office said in a letter released Friday.

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal in May 2019 issued a subpoena demanding the administration turn over six years of Trump’s returns and then lawmakers went to court to try to compel their release. The letter made public Friday said Treasury sought legal guidance from the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel and “based on that advice determined not to provide the returns and tax information sought.” The inspector general said it was not assessing the validity of the Justice Department’s legal conclusions.

Reporting by David Shepardson; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama

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