House Democrats Subpoena Trump’s Tax Returns, Ramp Up Feud With Administration
On Friday, House Democrats issued subpoenas for President Donald Trump‘s tax returns, further ramping up their legal battle with the White House over the subject.
Neal gave them a Friday (May 17) at 5 p.m. deadline to comply.
“While I do not take this step lightly, I believe this action gives us the best opportunity to succeed and obtain the requested material,” he said in a statement. “I sincerely hope that the Treasury Department will furnish the requested material in the next week so the committee can quickly begin its work.”
This development comes after House Democrats voted to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt of Congress for failing to deliver an unredacted version of special counsel Robert Mueller‘s Russia investigation report. Democratic lawmakers have also called for former White House counsel Don McGahn to be held in contempt for his refusal to comply with subpoenas.
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) May 13, 2019
Should Mnuchin again ignore the latest congressional subpoena — as many pundits predict he will — lawmakers’ next strategy would likely be to take the dispute over Trump’s taxes to court.
Mnuchin claimed last week that Democrats don’t have a “legitimate” reason for pursuing the president’s taxes. A recent New York Times report showed Trump paid no income tax from 1985 to 1994 — a period during which he reportedly also incurred severe losses — and this has likely drawn further concerns that his tax records may reveal evidence of illegal actions.
Fmr Treasury Sec. Summers: The only thing clearer than the obligation of the IRS commissioner to turn over the president’s taxes is the inappropriateness of the WH being involved in making dictates about how the Trump’s tax return is going to be handled. pic.twitter.com/wB7aRjG3HH
— Tomthunkit™ (@TomthunkitsMind) May 13, 2019
Trump has broken more than three decades of precedent by not releasing his tax returns.