Democrats Ramp Up Pressure on Trump Over Taxes

Geraldine Edwards
April 16, 2019

United States President Donald Trump gestures after making remarks and answers questions from the media as he departs the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, on April 10, 2019.

A Democratic House chairman on Saturday castigated the Treasury Department for failing to meet his deadline to furnish President Donald Trump's tax returns, arguing that the administration's apparent concerns over his use of powers outlined in the IRS tax code "lack merit".

Taking to Twitter Friday, the president said if Democrats do not want illegal immigrants in their cities, why should anyone else?

Mr Trump has claimed previously that he could not to release his tax returns because they were being audited by the IRS.

Mnuchin said Neal's request raised important questions of "constitutional scope of congressional investigative authority, the legitimacy of the asserted legislative objective, and the constitutional rights of American citizens".

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Rep. Richard Neal, chairman of the Ways and Means Committee, is leading a drive to acquire Trump's personal and business tax returns.

Top House Democrats are asking White House and agency officials for internal documents about the administration proposal to send detained migrants to "sanctuary cities".

The request has set up a legal battle, with Trump and his Republican allies fighting to prevent House Democrats from launching a sweeping investigation of his finances. "The Treasury Department is right to carefully review the privacy impact this request would have on every taxpayer".

She also landed a pointed jab at the members requesting the forms, claiming that they are not "smart enough" to sort through the tax returns competently, adding that she doesn't think they could properly do their own taxes.

Speaking to CNN's "State of the Union", Scott said he did not know if transporting immigrants to these jurisdictions was legal or illegal, and he suggested the president could be bluffing: "I mean maybe he's just saying this to make everybody insane, make everybody talk about it on their shows".

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Neal writes in reply, "I received a letter this evening from Secretary Mnuchin related to my request to the IRS commissioner".

Rick Scott said Sunday that President Donald Trump's threat to place immigrants into so-called sanctuary cities might just be the President trying to "make everybody insane". "We're not enforcing our laws".

Mr Neal has adopted a methodical approach to seeking Mr Trump's returns.

"The Committee's request raises serious issues concerning the constitutional scope of congressional investigative authority, the legitimacy of the asserted legislative objective, and the constitutional rights of American citizens", Mnuchin writes.

Gidley said the White House has put forward multiple proposals to stem the flow of illegal immigration, but Democrats have not "come to the table".

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