Tax and Financial Records Case

House Ways & Means Case

Major Issue:  Whether the House Ways & Means Committee can secure judicial enforcement of its request to the Treasury Department to produce copies of the President’s federal tax returns.

Case Status:  Awaiting district court opinion.

Case Description:  On July 2, 2019, the House Ways & Means Committee filed suit in D.C. federal district court to obtain copies of Trump tax returns from the Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service (IRS).  Comm. on Ways & Means v. U.S. Dept. of Treasury.  Prior to filing the lawsuit, the committee had requested copies of the returns under Internal Revenue Code Section 6103(f) which states that the Treasury Department “shall furnish” any tax return requested in writing by the Ways & Means Committee.  When Treasury refused to comply with the law, the committee issued a subpoena seeking the same tax returns, but Treasury again refused to provide them, leading to the lawsuit.  President Trump filed a motion to intervene and was added as a party to the case. 

Procedural Posture:  D.C. District Court Judge Trevor McFadden was assigned to Case No. 19-cv-1974.  The House committee moved for summary judgment.  The Department of Justice (DOJ) and President Trump moved to dismiss the case.  On Nov. 6, 2019, the district court heard oral argument on both motions, but on Jan. 14, 2020, the district court issued an order staying further proceedings pending a decision by the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals in the McGahn case.  On Jan. 28, 2020, the House committee filed a motion to lift the stay.  The court has yet to issue any opinion in the case.

On July 2, 2019, the House Ways & Means Committee filed suit in D.C. federal district court to obtain copies of Trump tax returns from the Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service (IRS).  Comm. on Ways & Means v. U.S. Dept. of Treasury.  President Trump filed a motion to intervene and was added as a party to the case.  On Aug. 20, 2019, the House committee moved for summary judgment.  On Sept. 6, 2019, the Department of Justice (DOJ) and President Trump moved for dismissal of the case.

On Nov. 6, 2019, the district court heard oral argument on the matter.  Subsequent to oral argument, the parties provided notice of and comment on two new rulings within the D.C. Circuit that could impact the case, one involving a House subpoena served on President Trump’s accountant, Mazars USA, and the other involving a House subpoena served on former White House counsel, Donald McGahn.  On Jan. 14, 2020, the district court issued a one-paragraph order staying further proceedings pending a decision by the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals in the McGahn case.  On Jan. 28, 2020, the House committee filed a motion to lift the stay.  The district court has yet to issue an opinion.

No proceedings to date.

No proceedings to date.

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