House Committee Republican Slams Democrat’s Request for Trump’s Tax Returns

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"Federal law is clear that our chairman has the legal authority to request and receive these returns and the administration has no legal basis to refuse to comply with this request".

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

"At this point, the Michael Cohen testimony pretty much laid out a criminal enterprise", said Representative Gerry Connolly of Virginia, a Democrat on the House Oversight Committee. "The president and vice president are audited".

Trump was the first major presidential party nominee since 1976 not to publicly release his tax returns, and the secrecy has given them an nearly mythic quality among Democrats. The move drew criticism because presidents usually release their tax returns either during the campaign or after taking office. "That's all this is about, and it's Nixonian to the core". One reason that the request appears to be comparatively narrow - for returns between 2013 and 2018 - could be to confine the search to the period immediately before and during Trump's political career and to stave off accusations that the Democrats are embarking on an illegitimate fishing expedition. Kevin Brady, R-Texas, said. I'm always under audit, it seems.


But Nixon went so far as to invite the Joint Committee on Taxation to examine his returns while the IRS conducted its own review.

The IRS has a policy of auditing the tax returns of all sitting presidents and vice presidents, "yet little is known about the effectiveness of this program", Neal said in the statement.

N.J. lawmaker wants to force Trump to release his tax returns.

"You know I will do it", he said concerning his tariff threat.

Financial disclosure has become an issue in the Democratic primary, with several Democrats already releasing their tax returns, including Senator Elizabeth Warren of MA.


In addition to Bannon, the committee authorized subpoenas for former White House Counsel Donald McGahn, former Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, former White House Communications Director Hope Hicks and former White House deputy counsel Ann Donaldson.

In March, Mnuchin told Congress that he would "protect the president as we would protect any taxpayer" when it comes to privacy.

Although not required by law, every major party presidential nominee since the 1970s has chosen to publicly release his or her tax returns except for Gerald Ford, who only released a summary.

So, yes, Trump has nearly certainly been under audit since he took office in 2017, like every other American president.

Neal's request is specific and under the section of the IRS code that he is using only he, and not other chairmen of House committees can see the returns. Trump claimed at a news conference following the November election that the filings are too complex for people to understand.


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