Democrat predicts House will get Trump’s tax returns — but there are a few complications

by Hunter Walker
February 22, 2019

WASHINGTON — House Democrats have asked for a confidential copy of President Trump’s tax returns from the IRS, but obtaining them won’t be simple or fast, Rep. Don Beyer, D-Va., said during an interview on Yahoo News’ “Skullduggery” podcast. Beyer said Democrats will need a “good legal rationale” to request Trump’s financial documents, adding that he believes the questions surrounding Trump’s ties to Russia are sufficient reason to ask for the documents.

Beyer is a member of the powerful House Committee on Ways and Means, which has the power to obtain a copy of President Trump’s tax returns thanks to an obscure law that’s almost a century old.

Trump’s tax returns have been something of a holy grail for Democrats who have consistently requested the release of the documents, particularly given the questions surrounding foreign business dealings at Trump’s sprawling real estate company. Beyer predicted that his committee will ultimately be able to get their hands on Trump’s elusive financial documents. But he explained that there are several obstacles to the process.

According to Beyer, the law allows “entities in Congress” to “request the tax return of any American citizen.” He said the Joint Taxation Committee theoretically could ask for the returns, but would be unlikely to do so due to Republican control of the Senate. This leaves the Ways and Means Committee, which is led by Democrats since they won control of the House last year. While Beyer said the Democrats on the committee have “begun the process,” he said it would be slow going.

1 Comment - what are your thoughts?

  • Arizona Don says:

    If the so called democrats, who are in reality “oppressive” communists instead of “progressive” democrats as they claim, would have put half the effort investigating Obama’s past as they have going after President Trump’s tax returns Obama would never have been president. Furthermore, if Obama had been able to confiscate the guns from Americans as he intended he would still “be” president!

    If these oppressive communists in the legislative branch of government who pose as progressive democrats do not like the fact President Trump has not turned over his taxes pass a law requiring a president to turn tax returns over before the election can take place. But also put within the law any and all charges stemming from such action must be proven or dropped sixty days before the election can happen. In other words an accusation must not sway the election. There the accusation cannot be made unless it can be settled before 60 days to the election. Otherwise let the current laws remain intact.

    Anyone who has a short memory and does not remember Harry Reid accuse Mitt Romney on the Senate floor of not paying taxes for ten years and after the election being confronted with the fact it was a lie his reply was “well he did not win did he.” Implying it makes no difference if I told a lie or not just that he did not win the election and beat Barack Obama. So therefore, the ends justify the means. This is America?

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