Donald Trump has failed to show his tax returns to the public after all the demands, but Senate Democrats have come up with a plan to get his tax released to the public as soon as possible.
The Senate Finance Committee Democrats are now urging panel’s Republican chairman to request President Trump’s tax returns from the Treasury Department.
They have come up to Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and asked him to seek the returns “given the critical issues raised by the President’s business entanglements.”
This request comes after the House rejected an attempt from Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-N.J.) to force a floor vote on a solution to request Trump’s tax returns.
The letter sent to Hatch was singed by Sens. Debbie Stabenow (Mich.), Ron Wyden (Ore.), Maria Cantwell (Wash.), Tom Carper (Del.), Ben Cardin (Md.), Michael Bennet (Colo.) and Bob Casey (Pa.).
“These unprecedented conflicts of interest pose a threat to American national security and the integrity of the government of the United States,” the senators wrote.
Stabenow also spoke in a press conference Wednesday were she said that the American people deserve to see his returns.
“The American people need to know that President Trump is looking out for the American people and frankly not his own business interest,” Stabenow said in a press conference Wednesday
The Senators have asked Hatch to request the returns of both Trump and his businesses. Under federal law, the chairmen of the House Ways and Means Committee, Senate Finance Committee and Joint Committee on Taxation can request tax returns from Treasury that can then be reviewed in a closed meeting.
The senators also state in the letter that if Trump’s tax returns are reviewed in a close meeting and the Finance Committee members find “ties or relations to foreign governments,” the committee should vote to make the returns public.
A leader of the upcoming Tax March in Washington showed he appreciation towards the Democratic lawmakers’ efforts.
“If President Trump continues to ignore the demands of the public to release his tax returns, and if the majority party in Congress continues to aid and abet him in this secrecy by striking down efforts to compel Trump to release his tax returns, the American people will rise up and speak with their feet on Tax Day as they march on Washington and across the country to demand transparency,” said Anna Chu, a Tax March executive committee member and vice president for income security and education at the National Women’s Law Center.