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GOP Congressman on Trump Taxes: 'Voluntarily Release Them'

GOP Congressman on Trump Taxes: 'Voluntarily Release Them'

But key Republicans have panned that broader effort.

Schiff said the investigation, which could involve additional congressional committees, would "allow us to investigate any credible allegation that financial interests or other interests are driving decision-making of the President or anyone in the administration".

"It's just a difference of opinion on how to get there but we all agree on securing the border and a majority of us, I think 100 percent, we do not want to have another government shutdown and so we're continuing to work in good faith with one anther", said Rep. Steven Palazzo, R-Miss., another member of the committee. Donald Trump is a rare exception.

The tax returns of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, other lawmakers or federal employees could be in jeopardy, he warned.

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. Trump refused to release his returns during the 2016 campaign, breaking with a decades-long tradition by presidential contenders. Trump has argued he was advised by his lawyers not to release his returns because he is under audit by the IRS. House Appropriations Committee spokesman Evan Hollander said in a statement that Democrats want the figure to be less than $2 billion. "Every President since Richard Nixon has provided their tax returns and some have gone beyond what the request was". "A continuation of Witch Hunt!"

"I certainly hear that they are working on something and both sides are moving along", Trump said. Democrats are trying to limit the Trump administration's ability to detain border crossers, preferring alternatives such as ankle bracelets.

"Witnesses testifying before the committee made clear there is no law requiring presidents to release their tax returns to the public, but because the Ways and Means Committee has the authority to compel the Treasury Department to release them, they should handle it the way they see fit".

"The American people deserve to know whether their executive stands to personally benefit" or be influenced because of his business dealings, said Rep. Linda T. Sanchez, D-Calif.




The wild card remains Trump, who again demanded money for a wall on the U.S. -Mexico border in Tuesday's State of the Union speech.

The group Need to Impeach, funded by billionaire Tom Steyer, urged Neal to get the president's returns in a commercial during Sunday's Super Bowl, which was won by the chairman's home-state New England Patriots. "I gotta believe that the Mueller team already has their hands on the president's tax returns".

Now that they have taken back the House, Democrats are split on how to go about obtaining Trump's tax returns. "There is no end in sight for those whose tax information may be in jeopardy".

The ensuing legal battle threatens to derail the rest of the Ways and Means Committee's other priorities, including prescription drug price reductions, overhauling retirement plans and rolling back portions of the GOP tax bill.

The hearing focused on wonky tax policy.

"This is our first real crack", panel member Rep. House Resolution 1 is unlikely to become law, so they could use the "committee access" provision.

Another Republican on the negotiating panel, Representative Chuck Fleischmann of Tennessee, said the GOP wants as much barrier funding as possible, and he hopes that the final amount is above $2 billion. "If I choose to run, I promise I will absolutely release my tax returns". He added, "This should be about protecting the rights of every private taxpayer". It would require the president and vice president to release 10 years of tax returns.

Congressional bargainers traded offers and worked toward a border security compromise Friday that would avert a fresh federal shutdown and resolve a clash with President Donald Trump that has dominated the opening weeks of divided government.


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