Democrats Make Good On Threat, Demand Six Years Of Trump Tax Returns

Democrats Make Good On Threat, Demand Six Years Of Trump Tax Returns

Trump, who plans to visit the border at Calexico, California to view a border wall project, said that media coverage this week had prompted Mexico to act to curb the flow of immigrants to the United States and take other action to ease the pressure on US ports of entry.

The president signalled he would not want his returns provided to Congress. He repeated that claim on Wednesday in response to Neal's letter.

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting in the Cabinet room at the White House in Washington, April 4, 2019.

Attorney General William Barr, a Trump appointee, issued a four-page summary of Mueller's main conclusions last month including that the special counsel did not establish that the Trump campaign conspired with Russian Federation during the election.

Trump, a self-declared billionaire, released a less detailed financial disclosure in 2017 but has kept his tax returns private, fuelling speculation about his revenue sources and net worth.

The top Republican on the House Ways and Means Committee forcefully pushed back on Democrats' request, warning the move weaponizes the tax code.

Republicans oppose the effort, saying such a move would set a unsafe precedent by turning the confidential tax documents of a USA citizen into a political weapon. "As you know, all Americans have a fundamental right to the privacy of the personal information found in their tax returns".

Mr. Kennedy added all presidents should turn in their tax returns, and he would consider doing the same. It's unclear how long the court battle would take, but some Democrats are anxious they may not see the returns before the 2020 election.

Six months prior, Roll Call asked each member of Congress to if they would release their tax returns. He also wanted to know whether the returns were being audited, as Trump claimed.

The IRS has said Trump can release his tax returns even if they are under audit. "On behalf of the American people, the Ways and Means Committee must determine if that policy is being followed, and if so, whether these audits are conducted fully and appropriately". Neal made the request in a letter to IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig.

They also complained that they weren't consulted before the Democrats sent Fairbank a request on March 11 requesting a wide range of materials related to Trump's finances and business holdings.

A 1924 law authorizes the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee to request the tax returns of any citizen, although that provision has rarely been used.

A spokesman for Mnuchin didn't respond to requests for comment.

Meanwhile, the accounting firm in charge of the president's tax information has said they will only release his financial statements if subpoenaed first.

Signaling a fight ahead, Trump told reporters later he was "not inclined" to comply with Neal's demand.

In the face of what House Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings has coined "an unprecedented level of stonewalling, delay and obstruction" by the Trump administration, Cummings' committee and the House Judiciary Committee authorized three subpoena resolutions this week.

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