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Democrats still seeking Trump tax returns

by Harvest Prude
Posted 4/15/19, 11:55 am

WASHINGTON—House Democrats are continuing to push for the release of President Donald Trump’s tax returns and financial records. On Saturday, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal, D-Mass., gave the Internal Service Revenue a deadline of April 23 to hand over the president’s tax returns. The IRS missed Neal’s original April 10 deadline. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Wednesday attributed the delay to concerns about privacy and whether the request exceeded the scope of Congress’ investigative authority. He said he was consulting with the Department of Justice about the request. In a letter to IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig, Neal said the concerns lacked merit and did not justify refusing to comply.

House Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings, D-Md., said he would issue a subpoena to Mazars USA, an accounting firm, on Monday to obtain 10 years of the president’s records. The subpoena requests all records Mazars prepared that relate to Trump or his business entities. Cummings cited the testimony of Trump’s former personal attorney Michael Cohen as the reason for the request. In February, Cohen told lawmakers that Trump had deflated or inflated the value of his assets on financial statements. Cohen showed financial statements he claimed backed up this assertion, some of which Mazars had prepared.

The committee’s top Republican, Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio, condemned Cummings’ effort in a statement Friday, calling it an “an astonishing abuse of this committee’s authority and a disgraceful departure from the fair and legitimate oversight he promised.”

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Harvest Prude

Harvest is a political reporter for WORLD's Washington Bureau. She is a World Journalism Institute and Patrick Henry College graduate. Harvest resides in Washington, D.C. Follow her on Twitter @HarvestPrude.

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    Posted: Mon, 04/15/2019 01:50 pm

    Why do we pay these DC swamp monsters so much money?

    There is so much good they could do, but they are just so focused on taking Trump out.

    What a waste of time and resources!

  • caronan
    Posted: Mon, 04/15/2019 01:58 pm

    Just one more gouge.  Perhaps Trump could accept this challenge as long as the income taxes for Obama and Pelosi were also given exactly the same action.  

  • Big Jim
    Posted: Mon, 04/15/2019 06:49 pm

    Personally, I'd be more interested to see Obama's education record.

  • OldMike
    Posted: Wed, 04/17/2019 11:42 pm

    Wouldn’t it be a hoot if, during the examination of President Trump’s tax returns, it is discovered that the President’s accountants overlooked something? And that President Trump is due several millions in refunds?