A ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court that refuses to shield former President Donald Trump’s federal income tax returns from the Manhattan District Attorney’s criminal inquiry was applauded today by Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-Paterson).
Pascrell, the chairman of the House Ways and Means Oversight Subcommittee, had waged a four-year fight for the pubic release of Trump’s income taxes.
“I’ve said it before and I’ll say again that it should have never gotten this far or taken so long. Trump’s tax returns should have been publicly disclosed years ago,” Pascrell said. “The returns have remained hidden from light through an unprecedented level of obstruction in Trump’s regime, and by his enablers in the legislature, his dishonest lawyers, and a raft of political judges.”
Pascrell said that today’s decision “finally opens the door for prosecutors to review the extent of Donald Trump’s criminality.”
“The pursuit of Trump’s tax returns has never been about one man but the very nature of our constitutional system,” Pascrell said. “The United States is not a monarchy. Our government must not be marshalled to protect the executive against all law and transparency. America will not long survive if this continues.”
Pascrell said that Congress must continue to conduct their own oversight over Trump’s tax returns in tandem with the New York investigation.
“I will not forget that Treasury and the IRS broke the law for two years shielding Trump’s returns from Congress,” the North Jersey congressman said.