Former White House chief of staff Karl Rove says Democrats are weaponizing the Internal Revenue Service to bring down President Donald Trump.
"This is an attempt to get the president's tax return and try to find anything, anything, in order to bring him down," Rove said during an appearance on Fox News on Wednesday.
Rep. Richard Neal, D-Mass., chairman of the Ways and Means Committee, has asked the IRS for six years of Trump's personal and business tax returns.
The move will likely lead to a long court battle with the White House, as Trump has refused to release his tax documents and has continued to keep them under wraps as president, saying his returns were "under audit."
"It is critical to ensure the accountability of our government and elected officials," Neal said in a statement. "To maintain trust in our democracy, the American people must be assured that their government is operating properly, as laws intend."
Rove said every American, "Republican or Democrat," should be concerned "about weaponizing the IRS in this manner so that you can use the IRS to get the tax return of a political opponent to embarrass them or attack them."
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