After a long struggle, the income tax documents of former US President Donald Trump have finally been leaked. It came just days before the Democratic-controlled United States House of Representatives committee took control of the chamber from Republicans. Al-Jazeera reported that the document was released on Friday.

Democrats have been seeking this Trump document since 2019. The matter eventually went to court. Finally, Trump’s income tax records from 2015 to 2020 have surfaced.

Analysts say it is the latest setback for the 76-year-old Trump. He was impeached twice by the Democratic-led House, only to be acquitted both times by the Senate, and now faces a series of legal problems as he mounts a 2024 re-election bid.

“Democrats should never have done this, the Supreme Court should never have allowed this, and it’s leading to terrible things for a lot of people,” Trump said in a statement Friday. Radical, left-wing Democrats have weaponized everything, but remember, it’s a dangerous two-way street!’

The returns again show how proudly I have been successful and how I have been able to use depreciation and various other tax deductions to create thousands of jobs and great structures and enterprises,’ he added.

Richard Neal, chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, requested the tax documents in 2019. He said, it is up to Congress to determine whether the president should enact legislation related to tax returns.

Republicans said the move could lead to political weaponization of individual tax returns and warned that members of the party who take over the panel next month would face pressure to follow the same path against high-profile Democrats.

(Dhaka Times / 31 December / SAT)