Pascrell Praises Appellate Decision Finding Congress Can Finally Get Trump Tax Returns
Oversight Chair has been leading fight for documents since February 2017
Paterson, NJ, August 9, 2022
Tags: Trump's Tax Returns
U.S. Congressman Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-09), the Chairman of the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Oversight, this afternoon praised a decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit holding that the House Ways and Means Committee is entitled to a lawful review of Donald Trump’s tax returns.
“I have been leading the fight for Donald Trump’s tax returns since February 2017,” said Chairman Pascrell. “This victory comes from Chairman Richard Neal’s methodical, relentless work. Congressional oversight of tax returns has been clear and unchallenged for a century until Donald Trump and his minions stymied, delayed, and obstructed our oversight with every nefarious tool imaginable. This has never been about one man. It is about the rule of law. This case is about the Article I branch’s constitutional right to legislate and conduct rigorous oversight. The wait should now be over. It is way past time for us to get the returns to review. This court’s decision should be the final word. God willing. No one is above the law.”
Rep. Pascrell has been the most vocal proponent of the Congress reviewing Donald Trump’s tax returns. Since February 2017, Pascrell has led the call for the chairman of the Committee on Ways and Means to invoke Section 6103 of the tax code to obtain Trump’s tax returns. In the 115th Congress, Republicans voted 18 times to block Democratic resolutions seeking the tax returns. Pascrell had a fiery exchange in March 2020 with disgraced former Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin for his illegal refusal to provide Trump’s tax returns to the House Ways and Means Committee.