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Wyden Backs House Democrats' Lawsuit Pushing For Trump Tax Documents

Brian Bull

If House Democrats prevail, six years of President Trump’s tax returns may be disclosed. A lawsuit filed today seeks to enforce subpoenas, a move that Oregon Senator Ron Wyden supports. 

The House Ways and Means Committee filed the suit under a lesser-known section of the tax code called Section 6103.  It allows the chairs of that committee and Senate Finance to request and obtain someone’s tax information for legislative purposes.

Wyden says disclosing one’s tax returns is the lowest ethical bar for any candidate or president.

“Not a high one, the lowest ethical bar," Wyden tells KLCC.

"And the reason it’s so important is those taxes may divulge information about a president’s involvement or a candidate’s involvement in matters that may be detrimental to the interests of the country at large.”

The suit was filed against the Treasury secretary and the IRS commissioner.  Wyden says he’s convinced it’ll succeed.

Copyright 2019, KLCC.

Brian Bull is an assistant professor of journalism at the University of Oregon, and remains a contributor to the KLCC news department. He began working with KLCC in June 2016.   In his 27+ years as a public media journalist, he's worked at NPR, Twin Cities Public Television, South Dakota Public Broadcasting, Wisconsin Public Radio, and ideastream in Cleveland. His reporting has netted dozens of accolades, including four national Edward R. Murrow Awards (22 regional),  the Ohio Associated Press' Best Reporter Award, Best Radio Reporter from  the Native American Journalists Association, and the PRNDI/NEFE Award for Excellence in Consumer Finance Reporting.
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