Saturday, 16 February, 2019

Trump Must Turn Over Tax Returns, Democratic Lawmaker Says

Trump back to combative self after appeal for compromise House Democrats take 1st step to obtain Trump's tax returns
Kenny Thornton | 09 February, 2019, 18:44

Rep. Kay Granger, the top Republican on the House Appropriations Committee, said the negotiators are trying to put together a final package by Monday.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials on Wednesday described a multi-pronged strategy for tightening the southern border with Mexico that did not focus mainly on a massive wall President Donald Trump demands, according to lawmakers who attended a classified briefing.

Although Trump warned Congress in his State of the Union on Tuesday that "there can not be war and investigation" if lawmakers want 'peace and legislation, ' House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff declared Wednesday that Democrats are not intimidated.

Since the early 1970s, most presidents have chosen to release their tax returns to the public for the years they serve in office and only while they hold office, which they are not required to do under the law.

The House probes would add to the legal and political burden facing the president from Mr Mueller's probe, and a parallel Justice Department investigation in NY into various activities of the campaign and Trump Organization.

There is a mechanism, known as the "committee access" provision, that allows the tax writing committee to request tax records of any taxpayer from the secretary of the Treasury. He maintained that part of that oversight is releasing tax returns that show whether the president is in compliance with tax laws.

"The American people have a right to know", Schiff said.

Pascrell also said the Senate Finance Committee and Joint Committee on Taxation wield similar power in order to ensure what he called an "open administration".

"Every President since Richard Nixon has provided their tax returns and some have gone beyond what the request was". Other presidents and presidential nominees have released one year's worth (Republican Ronald Reagan) to 33 years' worth (Republican Jeb Bush) of returns for the public to review. There are questions about what if any financial dealings he's had with Russian Federation, what conflicts of interest his business and political roles might pose, how philanthropic he is, how much Trump might benefit from the tax-cut plan he signed and, perhaps most directly, how much or how little he's paid in taxes.

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Some of the negotiators, including Cuellar, are heading to Camp David at the White House's invitation this weekend to continue the talks. If the administration balks, Democrats may end up taking the issue to court. Bill Pascrell of New Jersey told NPR.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., expressed confidence Thursday that the committee, which includes experienced members of congressional appropriations committee, could reach a deal.

Democrats seemed to draw a firm line on spending.

Trump warned Congress in his State of the Union address to halt the various investigations into his business and political dealings, and Republicans have said they will call any request for the president's tax returns a political witch hunt.

Yin spoke to the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Oversight, saying that while the tax code bars revealing those returns without the filer's permission, the tax returns can be shared with Congress.

The ensuing legal battle threatens to derail the rest of the Ways and Means Committee's other priorities, including prescription drug price reductions, overhauling retirement plans and rolling back portions of the GOP tax bill.

Thursday's hearing is created to build a case for Neal's authority to request Trump's returns, said Andy Grewal, a tax law professor at the University of Iowa. As the campaign progressed, he dialed back that pledge, citing ongoing IRS audits that would complicate any attempt to make them public. "This isn't about the tax returns of presidents and vice presidents, but about making sure Congress does not abuse its authority".

Why hasn't Trump released his tax returns? "That said, we're not going to overreach, we're not going to overinvestigate, we're not going to overpoliticize our constitutional responsibilities".

But like numerous Democratic presidential wannabes, newly declared candidate Cory Booker has a name recognition problem, so voters aren't giving him much of a chance in going all the way.

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