The chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee recently disclosed that he received a whistleblower allegation of “inappropriate efforts to influence” the IRS tax audit of President Donald Trump.
Experts and former investigators told Insider the complaint could be the tipping point in the battle between House Democrats and Trump over obtaining his tax records, which he has long sought to hide.
The complaint, Neal wrote, alleges “inappropriate efforts to influence” the IRS audit of Trump’s tax returns.
Experts and former prosecutors told Insider the complaint could land the president in legal jeopardy — and, just as important, lead to the release of the tax returns Trump has long shielded from public view.
Steven M. Rosenthal, a senior fellow at the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center in Washington, has testified before the Ways and Means Committee about what Trump’s tax returns might reveal.
He said they could provide answers to long-standing questions about whether Trump is involved in murky financial entanglements with foreign oligarchs. The information could strengthen the hand of Democrats seeking impeachment.
“What you might find are things like: Does the president have foreign accounts? Does the president have foreign partners? Does the president have foreign-sourced income, and from where?