229 Republicans Voted Last Night to Prevent You from Ever Seeing Donald Trump's Tax Returns
House Republicans have blocked an attempt by Democrats to force President Donald Trump to release his tax returns to Congress.
Democratic Rep. Bill Pascrell of New Jersey said Monday that Congress has a responsibility to hold the executive branch "to the highest standard of transparency to ensure the public interest is placed first."
Pascrell and other Democrats said the tax returns also would help lawmakers and the public determine whether Trump has any investments in Russia.
Trump has said he has no investments in Russia, and Democrats acknowledged they have no evidence otherwise. They said that is one reason they want to obtain access to Trump's returns.
The Republican-controlled House on Monday approved Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy's motion to postpone indefinitely Pascrell's proposal. The vote was 229 to 185.
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¡Sterngard! come home.
These Representatives just voted to keep Trump’s sketchy tax practices hidden from the public
The New York Times published a lengthy investigative report on Tuesday accusing President Donald Trump of participating in “dubious tax schemes during the 1990s, including instances of outright fraud.” Despite his many 2016 campaign promises to eventually release his tax returns, he refuses to do so, and the public is still in the dark about his personal finances. Now, thanks to a vote last month by the 21 Republican members of the House Ways and Means Committee, those tax returns are unlikely to come to light in the foreseeable future. Those Republicans voted to keep the president’s tax returns hidden. ...
But in order for the public to really evaluate whether the president of the United States is himself a tax cheat, the public would need to see his tax returns. Unlike other presidents and presidential nominees, Trump has stubbornly refused to do so. He’s alternately promised to do so after a long-running “routine audit” is complete, suggesting he might do so after he leaves office; and indicating through his Treasury Secretary that he doesn’t intend to release them at all.
Last month, as the House Ways and Means Committee considered a bill to make Trump’s tax cuts for corporations and the very rich permanent, Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-TX) offered an amendment to make the bill contingent upon Trump’s tax returns being disclosed. On a party-line vote, the amendment was killed 21 to 15.
The 21 members voting to shield the president from that transparency were Reps. Mike Bishop (R-MI), Diane Black (R-TN), Kevin Brady (R-TX), Vern Buchanan (R-FL), Carlos Curbelo (R-FL), Lynn Jenkins (R-KS), Sam Johnson (R-TX), Mike Kelly (R-PA), Darin Lahood (R-IL), Kenny Marchant (R-TX), Kristi Noem (R-SD), Devin Nunes (R-CA), Erik Paulsen (R-MN), Tom Reed (R-NY), Dave Reichert (R-WA), Peter Roskam (R-IL), David Schweikert (R-AZ), Adrian Smith (R-NE), Jason Smith (R-MO), Jackie Walorski (R-IN), and Brad Wenstrup (R-OH).
ThinkProgress reached out to each of these Representatives to ask whether they had any second thoughts in light of the New York Times story. None have responded with comment.
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Kavanaugh and allies were calling around to make sure everyone was on the same page about Ramirez (god these people make me so sick). Can any of the douchebags who protect OSG be charged with accessory after the fact if Mueller indeed has the goods on him?
Hatch: Trump 'may have to give up' tax returns
Washington (CNN) Senate Finance Chairman Orrin Hatch said Wednesday that he would be "happy" to look into President Donald Trump's tax returns in the wake of The New York Times report that says Trump helped "his parents dodge taxes" in the 1990s, including "instances of outright fraud."
"It's funny they wouldn't bring that up by the election (2016)," the Utah Republican told CNN's Manu Raju. "I'd be happy to look into it. But right now, I don't know enough about it."
Democrats, including Trump's opponent Hillary Clinton, often slammed Trump for not releasing his tax returns during the 2016 election. Clinton questioned what Trump was hiding by not releasing his returns, saying, "So you have got to ask yourself, why does he not release them?" during a May 2016 campaign stop.
When asked if Trump should release his tax returns, Hatch said: "He may have to -- he may have to give up those returns," but wouldn't commit to seeking the returns himself. "I don't know," he said. "I've been in so many things."