Congressional Republicans demolished Democrats’ efforts on Thursday to force a vote on bill that would require Donald Trump to release both his tax returns and official visitor logs.
The resolution offered by Rep. Katherine Clark (D-Mass.) was defeated along party lines, losing the vote 230-193. The only Republican to vote with Democrats was Rep. Walter Jones (R-N.C.), who has called on Trump to release his tax returns.
If the billed had passed, Trump would have been forced to provide the House with his tax returns and visitor logs from both Mar-a-Lago and the White House.
“This resolution will ensure that the House meets its constitutional responsibility to conduct oversight of the executive branch by investigating potential conflicts of interest of President Donald J. Trump,” Clark said while offering her resolution.
Trump’s unwillingness to release his tax returns breaks a four decade long tradition.
The White house has announced that they have no plans of releasing their visitor logs. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin also made an announcement on Wednesday that Trump will not be releasing his taxes.