Richard Neal says his own tax returns will come 'down the road'

Richard Neal says his own tax returns will come 'down the road'

Richard Neal says his own tax returns will come 'down the road'

Yet House Democrats do not believe that is enough, and Rep. Richard Neal (D-Mass.), the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, sent a letter requesting his returns. "Presidents have never been forced to release it, they volunteered to release those tax returns". "I would hope that we would not be doing that sort of thing".

"We will protect the president as we would protect any individual taxpayer under their rights", Mnuchin said. The request includes returns for eight corporate entities.

The White House could attempt to block the release of President Trump's tax returns to Democrats, senior officials signaled on Thursday, an unprecedented step that might lead to a constitutional challenge and catapult the issue into federal court.

Even CNN describes the request as "rooted in a legal technicality".

Trump has long resisted calls to releases his taxes, claiming that he is unable to release the documents because he is under audit.

Neal has set April 10 as the deadline for the IRS to fulfill the request. He added later: "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 per cent, will be massive".

Neal, 70, will now shed his relative obscurity and become one of the top political generals in the Democratic battle against Trump - and will have to accept all the vitriol, attacks and mockery that comes with taking on the President. That strategy is just as unsurprising as House Democrats' strategy in triggering it.

"The IRS absolutely has access to these returns", Kildee said.

"We have completed the necessary groundwork for a request of this magnitude and I am certain we are within our legitimate legislative, legal, and oversight rights", Neal said in a statement on Wednesday announcing the request.

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Neal himself, however, has not released his own tax returns when the press requested them.

The drama threatens to draw in some key members of the Trump administration - including Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.

When asked by reporters on Wednesday whether he planned to release the returns, Trump again declined and said they remained under audit.

A lawyer for Priebus, Bannon and McGahn, as well as a Bannon spokeswoman, did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

"He says he's in the middle of an audit, and his CPAs say, 'Don't turn it over.' And I take him at his word, and I respect that".

In his letter to IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig, Neal said he was seeking the returns to see how the agency was ensuring that the president and his businesses complied with the tax laws. "And now he's completely oblique when it comes to his personal interests".

Representative Pramila Jayapal, a Democrat from Washington and a leader of the House Progressive Caucus, said she believes the tax returns would shed light on whether "some of his actions and public policy, like around Russian Federation, for example, could be explained by those conflicts of interest". "Federal law is clear that our chairman has the legal authority to request and receive these returns and the administration has no legal basis to refuse to comply with this request".

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