Published: Sat, April 06, 2019
Worldwide | By Angelina Lucas

The Democrats Have Formally Demanded A Look At Trump's Tax Returns

The Democrats Have Formally Demanded A Look At Trump's Tax Returns

Chairman of the House Ways and Means committee, has officially requested Trump's tax returns from 2013 to 2018.

All three were authorized on party-line votes.

Just this week, House committee chairs have readied subpoenas to demand the full release of Robert Mueller's Russian Federation report and to examine accusations of abuses in the White House's handling of top secret security clearances.

Democrats were quick to respond that, under the law, the president doesn't have a choice.

But Barr notified Congress in a letter in March that he is scrubbing the report - with the special counsel's help - of such information.

"We're under audit despite what people said, and we're working that out as I'm always under audit it seems".

"They'll speak to my lawyers and they'll speak to the attorney general", he repeated. Trump and his administration are facing allegations that they overrode career intelligence officials' advice not to give a security clearance to the president's son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, in addition to two dozen other people.

House Democrats haven't stopped at Trump's business filings.

Abandoning his threat to immediately seal the southern border, President Donald Trump warned instead on Thursday that he'd slap tariffs on cars coming to the US from Mexico unless the country does more to stop the flow of migrants and drugs coming to the U.S.

Mexico Border May Close This Week
Mexico "made a big step over the past two days", he said, adding that they would have to continue if they don't want the border closed.

A Democratic aide said the committee selected a manageable number of business entities that provide a vital window on Trump's business activity.

Mnuchin suggested in testimony to Congress last month that he would protect Trump's privacy if the House Democrats requested his tax returns.

"Democrats say they're interested in the tax returns of all presidents when they're really just interested in one: President Trump", Grassley said, adding, "It's motivated by the Democrats' intense dislike of this President".

He said he wants to get the information to review how the IRS handles audits of presidents' taxes. They think that the information contained in his tax returns could be critical to answering many of their questions, including whether he misrepresented his wealth to insurers and banks, and whether he has financial foreign-government ties that could cloud his judgment on foreign policy matters related to Russian Federation or Saudi Arabia. The Ways and Means chairman's request was expected but nonetheless represented a significant escalation in House Democrats' wide-ranging probes of Trump and his administration.

The U.S. and Mexico trade about $1.7 billion in goods daily, according to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which had said closing the border would be "an unmitigated economic debacle" that would threaten 5 million American jobs.

"It's all political theater".

In his latest backtrack in recent days, Trump told reporters Thursday he would try the "less drastic measure" before resorting to his standing border-closure threat.

"He's made it clear, you know through the years that he's going to fully comply with the law, which he has, Scalise said. They're evidence-based in what they are doing".

Kildee said it's premature to speculate whether the documents could shed any additional light on the president's potential financial entanglement with nefarious interests, but said there's "great public value that comes from the transparency of having the president's tax returns available".

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