Democrats, Republicans clash over release of Trump's tax returns
- Author: Leroy Wright Feb 11, 2019,
Feb 11, 2019, 6:28
No one ruled out that last-minute problems could emerge, especially with Trump's penchant for head-snapping turnabouts.
"It's called presidential harassment, and it's unfortunate", Trump claimed. "I think that's the focus of the American people would like to see going forward, and that's the focus we'd have as well".
"We will examine a topic of great interest to the American people: We will review whether a president, vice president (or other candidates). should be required by law to make their tax returns available to the public, " said Representative John Lewis, the Georgia Democrat who chairs the oversight subcommittee that conducted the hearing.
The committee, which is now headed by Democrat Adam Schiff of California, hopes Mr. Mueller will be able to prosecute instances of perjury among some of President Donald Trump's current and former colleagues that have come under the investigation's crosshairs.Meanwhile the same Committee launched a new probe into Trump's foreign business deals to determine if the President's decisions on Russian Federation might have been influenced by his desire for personal financial gain. But is there money for $5.7 (billion) just for the wall? No.
Trump agreed in late January to temporarily re-open the government for three weeks until February 15 and allow for a period of negotiations, stipulating that a national emergency declaration is all but certain if his terms are not met.
"That's what we're working toward", said Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard, D-Calif., one of the bargainers. We have to have it, it's not an option. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Democrat of California, has said that Democrats must proceed with caution, noting the need to be precise in crafting the request of the Treasury Department.
Still, Republican Senator Lindsay Graham., a close ally of Trump, said on Thursday that the deal could be a good starting place - suggesting Trump could take additional action if needed to secure more wall funding without congressional approval. It seemed likelier to provide closer to the $1.6 billion a bipartisan Senate panel approved for fencing previous year. "I think the idea here is to avoid the emotion of the moment and make sure that the product stands up under critical analysis", he said.
"The foundation of our moral leadership around the globe is free and fair elections, where voters pick their leaders - not where politicians pick their voters", she said.
In a message to this year's MAKERS Conference, a gathering held to advance the women's movement, the former secretary of state and 2016 Democratic presidential nominee said that Pelosi was proof "it often takes a woman to get the job done".
It's normal for congressional committees to conduct oversight of the executive branch, but Trump said during his State of the Union address on Tuesday that Democrats should lay off.
Trump, for weeks, has threatened to declare a national emergency along the southern border and use special presidential powers to then move money that was meant for certain programs and use it instead to build a wall.
It was unclear what verbiage the evolving pact would use to describe the barriers, with Democrats vowing repeatedly to block funding for a "wall".
Shelby is a leader on the bipartisan committee that's trying to strike a deal that could satisfy Trump's border wall demands while also winning support from Democrats and keeping the government open. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., said.
"They are not opposed to barriers", Blunt said about Democrats. "I think it will reveal a lot".
The effort is being met with outright hostility from Republicans and skepticism even within Democratic ranks.
Lawmakers have grown accustomed to expecting the unexpected from Trump. Republican Senator Roy Blunt, another participant, said both sides were showing flexibility, including Democrats who insisted during the recently ended 35-day shutdown on no wall funding at all.
Lowey said, "Are you kidding me?" when asked whether she was going to the retreat.