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Subpoenas issued for Trump's tax returns

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The of a US Congressional committee has issued subpoenas for Donald Trump's tax returns, the committee told

House on Friday sent the subpoenas to both (IRS) and

A confirmed to it has received Neal's subpoena request.

Neal, who has unilateral subpoena power, took the step days after the Treasury Department formally denied his request for six years of the President's personal and business tax returns earlier this week.

While Neal did not need a subpoena to eventually move to court, he issued the subpoenas on the advice of whom he consulted throughout the process about how to build the strongest legal case.

Unlike other requests for information coming from House Democrats, Neal is relying on a decades-old tax statute -- 6103 -- that says that the House Ways and Means chairman, or of the can request any individual's tax information in the course of their legislative business.

Neal's move is expected to eventually be followed by action to go to court, a process that could take months or even years.

If the Treasury Department or IRS defy the subpoenas, the would ask the of the House to authorise court action.

Then, the has the options of either having a full or what is more likely, ask the to approve legal action.

The group is made up of three and two Republicans meaning that can authorise any legal action they want through a vote of the group.



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First Published: Sat, May 11 2019. 13:20 IST