Will we get to see Donald Trump’s long-hidden tax returns today? Maybe.
A House committee is expected to vote Tuesday afternoon on whether to make public tax returns belonging to former President Donald J. Trump, who broke with modern precedent by keeping his finances confidential during his campaign and while in office.
The mostly closed-door meeting of the Ways and Means Committee is likely to bring an end to a longstanding battle that Democrats in the House have been waging since 2019, when they took over the chamber and began trying to perform oversight of Mr. Trump. Republicans, who are expected to oppose any bid to make Mr. Trump’s returns public, will regain control of the chamber next month.
A rarely used federal law allows the committee to obtain any U.S. taxpayer’s returns. While the statute generally requires lawmakers to keep such information confidential, it also empowers them to make it public by voting to report the material to the full House.
On the one hand, the returns aren’t useful for oversight anymore since Trump successfully ran out the clock by appealing the decision to release them all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. It would suck if he were rewarded for that obstructive behavior by his (possibly both fraudulent and/or humiliating) returns remaining secret.
On the other hand, releasing the returns publicly without any connection to oversight activities might smack of spiteful partisan overreach to normies. Maybe. I’m not convinced anyone cares about that sort of thing anymore, especially after the wrecking ball Republicans have taken to civic norms over the past several years.
Maybe the committee should vote to keep the returns confidential and accidentally leave a copy on the table for an aide to pick up and anonymously mail to ProPublica. I could live with that. The committee meets at 3 PM ET today.