Democrats in command of the committee didn’t disclose their investigative plans. They’ve beforehand indicated they intend to check the effectiveness of the I.R.S. audit program, together with in reviewing doable conflicts of curiosity for Mr. Trump.
“As I’ve maintained for years, the committee’s case may be very sturdy and the legislation is on our aspect,” Consultant Richard E. Neal, Democrat of Massachusetts and chairman of the Methods and Means Committee, mentioned in a short assertion. “I’m glad that the Division of Justice agrees and that we will transfer ahead.”
The Treasury Division declined to remark.
Mr. Trump’s private lawyer Ronald Fischetti didn’t instantly return cellphone calls and emails looking for touch upon Friday. Reached by cellphone, Phyllis A. Malgieri, Mr. Fischetti’s authorized associate, mentioned, “Understanding him for 32 years, the Italian in him, I’m positive he would have one thing to say” in regards to the determination. Mr. Trump’s spokeswoman didn’t instantly return a request for remark.
Mr. Trump’s son Eric Trump and his allies in Congress recoiled on the prospect of his political adversaries getting access to six years of his private and enterprise tax information, in addition to associated I.R.S. information. They accused Mr. Neal and Home Democrats of mendacity about their actual intentions, which they claimed have been to to embarrass and cudgel Mr. Trump.
“Simply extra harassment … the weaponization of politics and evilness of the far left is difficult to understand,” Eric Trump, who helps run the household enterprise, wrote on Twitter.
Republicans on Capitol Hill additionally shortly derided the Justice Division’s opinion as “politically motivated.” They warned that it might usher in a brand new period of political warfare through which politicians rifled by the tax info of their opponents.
“If politicians in Congress can demand, and in the end make public, the president’s personal tax returns, what stops them from doing the identical to others they view as a political enemy?” mentioned Consultant Kevin Brady of Texas, the highest Republican on the Home tax-writing committee.