“If they don't have any concern about their taxes, they shouldn't be worried,” exclaimed Nancy Pelosi at a press briefing on Thursday as she smacked the lectern while demanding the release of the complete Mueller report as well as President Trump's tax returns.
Congressional Republicans oppose Neal's effort, saying such a move sets a dangerous precedent by turning the confidential tax documents of a U.S. citizen into a political weapon.
‘This particular request is an abuse of the tax-writing committees' statutory authority and violates the intent and safeguards of … the Internal Revenue Code,' Representative Kevin Brady, the committee's top Republican, said in a statement.
Independent analysts welcomed the move.
‘The Ways and Means Committee's strongest oversight ability is making sure the IRS is operating properly,' said Steve Rosenthal, a senior fellow at the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center think tank in Washington.
It was the third time this week a Democratic-led House committee exerted oversight pressure on Trump.
Earlier on Wednesday, the House Judiciary Committee authorized its chairman to subpoena Special Counsel Robert Mueller's full investigation report on Russia's role in the 2016 U.S. election.
The House Oversight Committee subpoenaed a former White House security chief on Tuesday.
Neal's committee initially planned to request only Trump's personal tax returns.
But some Democrats and independent analysts pressed for them to include business returns to better gauge the president's activity in the private sector.
Although Trump has never released his returns, the New York Times last year cited a ‘vast trove' of returns and financial records saying it showed he engaged in tax schemes including cases of fraud in which he and his siblings helped their parents dodge millions of dollars in taxes.
The White House called the report misleading.
If were President Trump, I would wait for the right moment to release the returns even after the audit. With Pelosi now foaming at the mouth, one can only imagine her collapse after she reaches peak insanity over the issue only to have the returns released, revealing, just like the Mueller report, absolutely nothing.
Source: Daily Mail
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