Trump Biographer David Cay Johnston: There’s No Way Trump Can Stop Congress From Getting His Taxes


Earlier Wednesday, House Ways and Means Committee chairman Rep. Richard Neal (D-MA) formally issued a request for President Donald Trump‘s tax returns. And David Cay Johnston — a biographer who has possibly devoted more time on the subject of Trump’s taxes than anyone this side of the IRS — thinks that the president is powerless to stop them.

Appearing on CNN Wednesday night, host Chris Cuomo asked Johnson — the Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter who has penned multiple books on Trump — whether the President can do anything to keep Congress from getting his taxes.

“Do you think there is any way that the President can block the chairman of the Ways and Means committee’s request?” Cuomo asked.

“No,” Johnston said.

He elaborated.

“Under a 1924 anti-corruption law, the chairman of the Ways and Means committee, the Senate Finance Committee, or the employee of Congress who is the chief of staff for the joint committee on taxation all have a right to see this,” Johnston said.

Johnston suggested that the taxes might just be the tip of the iceberg, though.

“The law says the treasury secretary shall produce not just the tax return, but any tax return information,” he said. “That means if they have copies of the books and records of Donald Trump’s companies, transaction records, audit notices, many other things.”

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