Release of Trump's tax returns approved by congressional committee

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Release of Trump's tax returns approved by congressional committee

Former US President Donald Trump at a rally in Latrobe, Pennsylvania.

US lawmakers voted Tuesday to release the tax returns of former Republican President Donald Trump, who fought a years-long court battle to keep them private.

Donald Trump, who is in a new race for the White House for 2024, had not released his tax returns, unlike all his predecessors since the 1970s, this which raised many questions about their content.

A committee of the House of Representatives, sitting in particular on tax affairs and with a Democratic majority until the installation of the new Republican majority in early January, voted 24 votes against 16 in favor of the publication of the six billionaire's years of tax documents from 2015 to 2020.

This group of elected officials had been demanding for three years the documents sent to the tax authorities by the billionaire for these years, which he refused. The Supreme Court finally ruled in their favor at the end of November.

Only a handful of elected officials have so far been able to read it.

< p class="e-p">The lack of transparency of Donald Trump, who has made his wealth a campaign argument, has for years fueled speculation about the extent of his fortune or potential conflicts of interest.

< p class="e-p">His family business, the Trump Organization, was found guilty in early December of financial and tax fraud after a trial in New York where the former Republican president did not; was not judged.

Kevin Brady, elected Republican on the commission, had warned before the vote that a publication would open the door to parliamentarians having almost unlimited powers to go after their political enemies by obtaining and making public their private tax returns.

Even though Democrats say it's not political, continued a statement from elected Republicans, their eagerness to release the documents with an expedited, sloppy, mont re although their motivations are political.

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