Liberals have speculated wildly about their contents.
The chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee formally requested on Wednesday the last six years' worth of President Donald Trump's tax returns, citing what's been dubbed a "little-known provision" in tax code to do so.
During gaggle with reporters Thursday morning, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said the administration isn't interested in playing political games with Democrats over the issue. Mark Meadows of North Carolina said in an interview on Fox News Thursday morning about the Judiciary Committee's authorization of the Mueller report subpoena.
While speaking to the media Wednesday, the president said he will not comply with the request as those audits are still taking place. "We're not engaging in that and the president commented on it yesterday, I don't see any indication that has changed". The request includes returns for eight corporate entities. The findings ultimately disappointed Trump's opponents, showing he paid an effective tax rate of 25 percent, or $38 million.
Neal told CNN that he believes his request will be fulfilled, though perhaps not without a fight.
The information could rekindle the inquiry into the president's ties to Russian Federation, despite Barr saying Mueller found there was not enough evidence to prosecute a criminal conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation.
In a statement, the committee said that under IRS guidelines, a president's tax returns are subject to "mandatory examination".
"I don't think we'll ever have to close the border because the penalty of tariffs on cars coming into the United States from Mexico at 25 percent will be massive", Trump told reporters at the White House.
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The letters calls for all tax returns for years 2013 to 2018 to be turned over to the Committee on Ways and Means. "There's no question that they are salient". The appellate level will likely take that more seriously, but we can't pretend that precedents don't exist for probes of personal finances of presidents and their families. We can not know that when he's unwilling to be transparent with the American people. "Look, we're going to do our jobs, whether he's willing to do his or not".
It would require a vote in the committee to release any such documents to the public if they are eventually handed over.
House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal, D-Mass., arrives for a Democratic Caucus meeting at the Capitol in Washington, on April 2, 2019.
University of Iowa Law Prof. "If somebody wanted to add a requirement to have tax returns be part of that, let them go through the legislative process".
"They can do what they want to do", he said.
Neal said leaking someone's tax documents to the public would violate federal law.
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Although Democrats argue that requesting the president's tax returns is allowed under their congressional duties, Republicans have raised privacy concerns and dubbed the move a witch hunt. None of those measures have become law. Trump did not release his tax returns from those years, even though the audits were over. A Quinnipiac poll from March found that a majority of respondents - 64 percent - believe the president should publicly release his returns.
"Congress: 'We didn't ask you'".