Washington Watch: Trump’s taxes: what to expect as House panel decides whether to release his returns


As the clock runs down on Democrats’ time in charge of the House of Representatives, the Ways and Means Committee on Tuesday afternoon is set to hold a closed-door meeting and could vote to release former President Donald Trump’s tax returns.

Here’s what to expect as the lawmakers assemble on Capitol Hill.

What time is the House committee meeting?

The panel, led by Chair Richard Neal, a Massachusetts Democrat, will open its session at 3 p.m. Eastern time.

Will the public be able to watch the meeting?

Only the first part of the proceedings. The panel is expected to vote quickly to go into a closed session, in which they’ll be able to freely discuss information. But a vote will take place publicly, according to CNN.

What could be released?

Neal requested six years of Trump’s personal tax returns and some of his business returns from the Internal Revenue Service. But it’s unclear if the panel will release some or all of the documents it obtained after a lengthy legal battle with the former president.

What do Trump and Republicans say?

Trump has said it’s illegal to release his returns without permission and has called his company successful.

Rep. Kevin Brady of Texas, the panel’s top Republican, said in a statement: “Ways and Means Democrats are unleashing a dangerous new political weapon that reaches far beyond President Trump and jeopardizes the privacy of every American.”

Read more: Trump tax records can now go to House Ways and Means Committee: Supreme Court

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