Published: Sun, February 10, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Trump lashes out as Democrats open probes into his taxes, Russia ties

Trump lashes out as Democrats open probes into his taxes, Russia ties

"The law is on our side", Pascrell, a member or Ways and Means, said during an interview on Bloomberg TV.

New Jersey lawmakers have revived a bill that would remove President Trump's name from the 2020 ballot unless he discloses his federal tax returns.

The aide also said the agreement need not contain the term "wall" - a word that was a premier plank of Trump's presidential campaign, and which Trump has lately alternated between embracing and abandoning.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has made clear that she is prepared to respect, even defend, the rule of law.

Those probes would add to the legal and political burden facing the president from Mueller's probe into possible collusion between the 2016 Trump campaign and Russian Federation, and a Justice Department investigation in NY into various activities of the campaign and Trump Organization, his umbrella company. The provision allows the committee to review the tax information privately, but it would have to vote to disclose any return information or findings to the public.

Four Trump administration sources have told Politico that Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin could block the tax returns' release on the grounds that Democrats would be unable to prevent someone from leaking them, which would be a felony. Robert Dole. During the 2016 campaign, Vice President Mike Pence released 10 years of his tax returns covering 2006-2015.

Rep. Kevin Brady, the top Republican on the committee who served as chairman during the last Congress and chose not to pursue Trump's returns, said GOP opposition is not necessarily over whether Trump should release his returns but more about "protecting the rights of every private taxpayer".

The subcommittee was not expected to take action on Thursday to specifically seek Trump's tax returns, but the hearing was part of its broader push to lay the groundwork for a potential request, with lawmakers expected to ask about their authority to request the records. "A continuation of Witch Hunt!"

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Republican Rep. Jackie Walorski of IN said forcing the Treasury secretary to hand over Trump's returns was tantamount to "weaponizing our tax laws to target a political foe". If the administration balks, Democrats may end up taking the issue to court.

Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard, D-Calif., chairwoman of the House Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee, said Democrats were waiting to hear Republicans respond to their latest proposal.

Several academics, analysts and tax experts will attend the meeting, which starts at 2 p.m. EST.

Trump has cited IRS audits of his personal tax returns as a reason not to release them to the public. "There is no end in sight for those whose tax information may be in jeopardy". A full-blown fight over the matter could derail Neal's other priorities, such as reducing prescription drug prices, overhauling retirement plans and rolling back some of the Republican tax cuts.

George Yin, a professor of law and taxation at University of Virginia Law School, testified to the panel that he doesn't see any "wiggle room" in the law for the Treasury secretary to refuse Neal's request for Trump's returns.

Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, a Tennessee Republican on the conference committee who touted progress on the talks to reporters on Friday, said GOP conferees are pushing to get the number above $2 billion.

Democratic leaders have expressed similar concerns about the willingness of Trump to sign what the conferees can produce, and what passes both chambers.

Lowey said, "Are you kidding me?" when asked whether she was going to the retreat. "They love to weaponize the IRS, aka Lois Lerner, and now going after the president's tax returns". That sets up the possibility of a legal battle that could take years to resolve, possibly stretching beyond the 2020 presidential election. One of those, the Homeland Security spending bill, has been the big sticking point, with President Trump's request for wall money. "If the optics on this devolve into this being red meat for the hardcore left, then this could blow back on the party".

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