It's official: former President Donald Trump's tax returns have been released to the public.
The Hill reports that, on Friday, the Democrat-led House Way and Means Committee released six years of Trump's business and personal tax returns.
The Democrats, for years, have been trying to get their hands on Trump's taxes. It was the justices of the U.S. Supreme Court who, in November, gave them the go-ahead.
This is what made this public release possible. And, it is no coincidence that the release comes just before the Democrats are about to give up control of the U.S. House of Representatives.
So far, it does not appear as though the Democrats have found the smoking gun that they were looking for in Trump's tax returns.
Instead, left-wing outlets, such as CNN, are trying to get people to make negative inferences from such facts as that the tax returns show that Trump "held foreign bank accounts while in office," or that Trump "claimed no charitable deductions in 2020" despite pledging his $400,000 presidential salary to charity.
All-in-all, the release contains thousands of pages of material. As several outlets, including CBS News, point out, "the returns are complex and require a close read."
Trump responded to the release of his tax returns in a statement that he released on Friday.
"The Democrats should have never done it, the Supreme Court should have never approved it, and it's going to lead to horrible things for so many people," Trump wrote.
The former president continued:
The great USA divide will now grow far worse. The Radical Left Democrats have weaponized everything, but remember, that is a dangerous two-way street! The "Trump" tax returns once again show how proudly successful I have been and how I have been able to use depreciation and various other tax deducations as an incentive for creating thousands of jobs and magnificent structures and enterprises.
Trump went on to contradict reporting from Forbes on the tax returns, concluding, "being wrong doesn't matter to the Fake News!"
Since the release of the tax returns, many Republicans have come out in defense of Trump, and they have warned Democrats that they may pursue these same tactics against them.
Harvard Law School professor emeritus Alan Dershowitz, who is certainly not a Republican, has stated that the Supreme Court's ruling is "wrong" and that the Democrats will likely regret this.
"How much money did you make?' has nothing to do with the legislative process," Dershowitz said. "It's an obvious pretext by a Democrat-controlled committee. If I were Hunter Biden, I would be very careful now about my tax return."