The U.S. Treasury Department must grant former President Trump's lawyers a 72-hour warning whether it permits his tax yields to be released to Democrats, a judge ruled Friday, according to a report.
U.S. Rep. Richard Neal, D-Mass., chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, is nevertheless seeking the returns once he was refused access to them in 2019 by then-Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, who maintained Democrats didn't have a"valid legislative purpose" for its request, Politico reported.
Neal had cited a law that needs that the Treasury to flip over tax documents at the request of House taxation committees.
Democrats sued in federal court in a case that is still pending a year and a half later.
Washington, D.C., District Court Judge Trevor McFadden, a Trump appointee, put the two-week order set up since the Treasury Department could reverse course under the new Biden government.
He also ordered both sides to give a status report on Feb. 3.
The nomination of President Biden's Treasury secretary pick, former Federal Reserve boss Janet Yellen, has been unanimously accepted by the Senate Finance Committee on Friday and now heads to the full Senate for a vote Monday.
Douglas Letter, general counsel for the House, informed McFadden from the hearing that Treasury has a"clear legal responsibility" to turn over the records that Democrats still desire even though he is out of office, based on Politico. "Our perception is enough is enough. The statute is clear," he said.
It's unclear if the Treasury Department under Biden will make it possible for the House accessibility to the returns.
Democrats and the district attorney of New York City are also searching for his tax returns in separate cases.