Today, the top Republican on the House Ways and Means Committee Kevin Brady (R-TX) released the following statement after Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin sent a letter to Ways and Means Chairman Richard Neal (D-MA) in response to the Chairman’s 6103 request to obtain six years of the President’s tax returns:
“The Democratic request for the President’s tax returns is unprecedented and sets a dangerous precedent. The intent of Section 6103 is clear: the tax code must not to be used for political fishing expeditions. The Treasury Department is right to carefully review the privacy impact this request would have on every taxpayer.”
This is not the first time the Texas Congressman has expressed concern about the Democrats push for these tax returns. On April 4th Brady wrote to Secretary Mnuchin about the Democrat’s efforts:
“Weaponizing our nation’s tax code by targeting political foes sets a dangerous precedent and weakens Americans’ privacy rights. As you know, by law all Americans have a fundamental right to the privacy of the personal information found in their tax returns.”
“This particular request is an abuse of the tax-writing committees’ statutory authority, and violates the intent and safeguards of Section 6103 of the Internal Revenue Code as Congress intended.”
You can read that letter in its entirety here.