Rep. Woodall: Dems Trying to 'Weaponize' Tax Code Against Trump

House Democrat formally demands six years of Trump tax returns from IRS likely triggering historic court battle

The answer is not clear. The only person who can release that information publicly is the individual or their attorney, but without documentation the public would have to take the individual at their word. Andy Grewal, a tax policy scholar, told Law&Crime he was skeptical that Neal needs Trump's tax returns to accomplish his expressed goal.

"The idea they would be turned over and arbitrarily released without review and consideration wouldn't happen", Neal said.

"At this point, the Michael Cohen testimony pretty much laid out a criminal enterprise", said Representative Gerry Connolly of Virginia, a Democrat on the House Oversight Committee.

Since he made that previous threat, White House advisers, American leaders in border cities and US economists have said such a closure could badly damage America's economy as well as Mexico's.

Trump prompted panic among business leaders last Friday with his border closing threat.

"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. "This is to find out whether the tax law means anything".

"To see what the Ways and Means Committee is doing, now to use its Article 1 power to weaponize the tax code is really disturbing". He previously claimed early last month, according to The Washington Times, that he would release his own returns "down the road", but his returns have yet to surface.

"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", Richard Neal, the Democrat who heads the House committee, said in a statement.

The request asks for the information to be provided by April 10.

The top Republican on the House Ways and Means Committee forcefully pushed back on Democrats' request, warning the move weaponizes the tax code.

There is no official date for when the IRS commissioner will decide to release the tax returns, but Sen. The returns would have to remain private unless the Ways and Means Committee and House voted to release them, which could start a fresh round of wrangling with the White House.

Democrats leading the House Financial Services and Intelligence committees are pursuing other probes related to Trump's finances and business activities. We can not know that when he's unwilling to be transparent with the American people.

Trump said at the time that he was "not kidding around", and his acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney said in a television interview Sunday that it would take "something dramatic" for Trump not to close down the crossings. For now, it is up to the IRS to respond. A federal court might require a House committee to make a show of reasonable suspicion of a specific crime before approving such a subpoena, or maybe it won't. "It's an arcane law from 1924". "And we're not walking away just because you say "no" the first time around". "It's not recommended", Lopez Obrador said during his daily press conference. "We thought the request had to stand up under the magnifying glass".

It is significant therefore that Neal's request was made to the IRS and not the Treasury. "This is not about politics", Neal said.

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