Though Congressional Democrats have been clamoring for Trump's business and personal tax returns since reclaiming a majority in the House in January, Neal downplayed the political implications of his request in a Wednesday statement. Instead, the president (almost surely) lies and says he is perpetually under audit and therefore can not release his tax returns (being under audit does not preclude you from doing this).
Asked about the Democrats' request on Wednesday, Trump said he is "under audit"-an excuse he has used for over three years-and "would not be inclined" to release his returns".
Trump, who plans to visit the border at Calexico, California to view a border wall project, said that media coverage this week had prompted Mexico to act to curb the flow of immigrants to the United States and take other action to ease the pressure on US ports of entry. With any luck, in a week we will have our answers as to why the President of the United States does not want us to see how he makes his money. Now he may have no choice but to give them up.
House Democrats haven't stopped at Trump's business filings.
Testifying before the House Ways and Means Committee earlier this year, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin-who oversees the IRS-signaled that he would not comply with a request for Trump's tax returns, despite what experts say is a clear legal obligation.
Also of great concern is that the Senate did, in fact, confirm Michael Desmond, a tax lawyer from Santa Barbara, California, as IRS Chief Counsel, despite, as the Times notes, Desmond "had briefly advised the Trump Organization on tax issues before Mr. Trump took office".
Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-Texas), a member of the House Ways and Means Committee, urged Mnuchin and the IRS to "promptly fulfill their ministerial duty".More news: Trump misstates hurricane aid for Puerto Rico
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"The IRS absolutely has access to these returns", Kildee said. The only logical reason why Trump is hiding his returns is because they either prove he is not as rich as he claims to be and/or they expose him to criminal liability.
"Now, we're under audit, despite what people said".
"The idea they would be turned over and arbitrarily released without review and consideration wouldn't happen", Neal said.
Neal's request was the third time in April that a Democrat-led House committee exerted oversight pressure on the president.
As a presidential nominee, Trump broke with decades of precedent when he refused to release his tax returns, saying they were under audit by tax officials. But other, higher-level officials said the move did not appear to be a mistake, even though they were not informed ahead of time. Nadler told reporters he would also seek a judge's permission to get access to Mueller's grand jury material, which is protected under federal law.
The confrontation, will in its broadest sense, establish the extent to which Congress has the power to examine the executive and enforce a long-observed norm - that party nominees and Presidents release their returns to the public.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce said it welcomed Trump's decision not to close the border, but said Congress needed to do more.