Trump's taxes on House Democrats' agenda

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Democrats in Congress raised questions on Thursday about the Internal Revenue Service's ability to effectively audit President Donald Trump's tax returns, as they began hearings meant to result in obtaining the documents and making them public.

The House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Oversight will hold a hearing Thursday afternoon to discuss the legality of presidential and vice presidential tax returns.

House Democrats have a long list of Trump-focused issues to probe after being stifled for two years by majority Republicans. Ways and Means member Ron Kind of Wisconsin, considered one of the most centrist House Democrats, said he thinks the idea could be a waste of time.

"That's what we're working toward", said Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard, D-Calif., one bargainer.

Mnuchin has said he would analyze any requests for Trump's tax returns and respond if required by law, and Democrats could end up challenging the administration in court if they refuse to release the documents. A defiant Pelosi declared on Wednesday that House Democrats would not be cowed by President Donald Trump's "all-out threat" during his State of the Union address to drop their investigations of his administration, as fellow Democrats pushed ahead with a bevy of sensitive inquiries.

The House probes would add to the legal and political burden facing the president from Mueller's probe, and a parallel Justice Department investigation in NY into various activities of the campaign and Trump Organisation.

So, Suozzi said, there hasn't been a need for the chairman of House Ways and Means to seek a president's tax returns. Trump did not publicize any of his recent returns during the campaign and hasn't shown them since he took office.

"I want the highest possible number we can get, but I would hope it would be north of ($2 billion)", Fleischmann said.

Representative John Lewis, Democratic chairman of the House Ways and Means oversight subcommittee, drew a parallel with the Watergate era, citing an IRS audit of former President Richard Nixon that congressional investigators later discovered had missed almost $480,000 in owed taxes and interest.

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But Rep. Tom Suozzi, D-N.Y., pointed to testimony from the experts that President Gerald Ford was the last president not to fully disclose his tax returns. Trump took great umbrage at the announcement, lashing out at Schiff and calling him a, "political hack".

Democrats formally took control of the House on January 3, and vowed to aggressively pursue oversight investigations, which may include issuing subpoenas for potentially damaging documents and advancing the Russian Federation investigation. With full knowledge of this fact, the American people elected him president, and under federal law he is entitled to the same privacy and legal protections as any other American citizen.

Members of both parties have expressed opposition to Trump bypassing Congress by declaring a national emergency at the border, a move that would be certain to produce lawsuits that could block the money. Steyer is also spending $109,000 on additional advertisements demanding that Democrats request Trump's tax returns.

The New Jersey Democrat has been pushing committee leaders for more than a year to use their authority to view private tax returns.

"In reality, this is all about weaponizing our tax laws to attack a political foe", Rep. Jackie Walorski of In said at the hearing by the Ways and Means oversight subcommittee. A full-blown fight over the matter could derail Neal's other priorities, such as reducing prescription drug prices, overhauling retirement plans and rolling back some of the Republican tax cuts.

Why hasn't Trump released his tax returns?

Lawmakers could then eventually make the records public, if they so choose.

Rep. Bill Pascrell leaves the House Democrats' caucus meeting at the Capitol, Jan. 4, 2019, in Washington, DC.

About 60 percent of voters in an ABC News/Washington Post poll last month said that House Democrats should obtain and release the tax returns.

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