Two House Republicans join Democrats in demanding Trump's tax returns

"I think the Democrats should push hard on this issue and push hard whenever they get a chance", said Democratic strategist Brad Bannon.

Republican Senator Susan Collins of ME told an interviewer last month she could be open to a subpoena of Trump's taxes as part of a Senate Intelligence Committee probe of alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential elections.

"The proposed use of the committees' statutory authority. sets forth a unsafe precedent that could allow Congress to improperly access the tax returns of any American, regardless of whether or not the individual authorized their disclosures", Hatch and Brady wrote.

Pascrell's resolution specifically would have directed the House to request Trump's tax returns and have the House Ways and Means Committee review them in a closed session. Spokesman for the committee Republicans did not respond to requests for comment.

Reps. Walter Jones, R-N.C., and Mark Sanford, R-S.C., signed a letter along with more than 160 house Democrats to Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady, R-Texas, and Senate Finance Chairman Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, in hopes of getting Trump to release his tax returns for the past decade.

"This is not a one-off or two-off". "That will not stand with our caucus".

Senate Democrats seeking President Trump's tax returns hoped a strongly worded letter might finally do the trick. Hatch rejected the request.

Party strategists also predict that the economy is likely to be the main issue in the midterm elections.

Democratic members in the Senate are now pushing for the returns under the same 1924 law that Pascrell unsuccessfully invoked in the House.

"Vulnerable House Republicans voted this week to shield President Trump from Congressional scrutiny of his ties to Russian Federation and to keep his taxes secret - and this is just over the course of one week", said DCCC spokesman Tyler Law. The committees may then opt to release the returns publicly if they believe it would be in the public interest and advance a legitimate committee objective. "Our Republican targets will be forced repeatedly to take votes in support of Trump's deeply unpopular agenda, which is a situation they never had to face last cycle".

Trump's failure to turn over his tax returns during his presidential campaign was unusual and controversial. While it was defeated on a largely party line vote, both Sanford and Jones voted "present" instead of yea or nay.

Trump seems unlikely to release his returns on his own. He claimed at the time that he could not release the accounts because he was being audited. But Trump, with business interests spanning the globe, has insisted on keeping his returns away from public scrutiny. "We believe that it is imperative for the public to know and understand how such tax reform will benefit the President, his 564 financial positions in domestic and foreign companies, and his self-reported net worth of more than $10 billion".

  • Leroy Wright