The optics on this latest swampy move by the democrats are not good.
The fight over President Trump’s tax returns was a major headline during the 2016 presidential election. Trump’s reticence could be well understood: He has made a name for himself that happens to come with a fairly hefty price tag, and any publicity diminishing that belief could harm his business interests were he not elected.
But now, just after the democrats have suffered a presumably harrowing defeat in the case of the Muller report, their push to make the President’s tax returns public seems downright petty.
House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal has formally requested President Donald Trump’s tax returns from the Internal Revenue Service, likely launching a battle with the administration that could stretch months or even years in the courts and could shed light on the President’s finances.
In a letter to the IRS sent Wednesday and first obtained by CNN, Neal cites a little known IRS code in his request for six years of Trump’s personal tax returns from 2013 to 2018. He also requested the tax returns of eight of Trump’s business entities, a nod to escalating pressure from liberals in the caucus who have argued that Trump’s personal returns wouldn’t sufficiently paint a picture of the President’s financial history.
Trump said late Wednesday that he wouldn’t be inclined to provide his tax returns to Congress until he was no longer under audit.Asked about the request for six years of his tax returns, Trump asked, “Is that all? Oh, usually it’s 10 so I guess they’re giving up.”
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