Two Republicans Just Gave Trump The Middle Finger: Both Sign On To Effort Demanding Trump’s Tax Returns
Donald Trump has yet to release his tax returns and the people have been wanting to see them. Trump, who initially said he has no problem releasing his returns, made a decision that he was not going to show them. By doing this he’s breaking a presidential tradition of over 40 years.
Democrats sent out a letter to the House and Senate committees with oversight of the Internal Revenue Service(IRS) to request copies of President Trump’s tax returns.
The letter was signed by of the membersof the 193-member House Democratic Caucus, and no two Republicans have also joined in signing the letter.Reps. Mark Sanford (R-S.C.) and Walter Jones (R-N.C.) signed a letter urging the chairmen of the House Ways and Means Committee and Senate Finance Committee to request the Treasury Department provide Trump’s tax returns from the last ten years.
The letter gives the argument that letting members of Congress see what’s in Trump’s tax returns would clear up any conflict of interests questions, due to the fact that he might have business ties with other countries.
“Disclosure would serve the public interest of clarifying President Trump’s conflicts of interest in office, the potential for him to personally benefit from tax reform, and ensure that he is not receiving any preferential treatment from the IRS,” the letter states.
“We believe the powerful and respected Committees on Finance and Ways and Means have the responsibility to ensure oversight of the executive branch by requesting a review of President Trump’s tax returns and moving toward a formal release of these documents to the public.”
The House Ways and Means and Senate Finance committees, along with the Joint Committee on Taxation, have the power to request individual tax returns from the Treasury Department. Although, getting Trump’s tax returns wont be easy.
Both chairmen from those committees have dismissed the idea of requesting Trump’s tax returns.
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) rejected a request from Democrats to ask for copies of the president’s tax returns. While House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-Texas) explained why he wouldn’t request the returns.
“My belief is that if Congress begins to use its powers to rummage around in the tax returns of a president, what prevents Congress from doing the same to average Americans,” Brady told reporters last month.