Liberal groups urge Dems to obtain Trump’s tax returns

Liberal groups urge Dems to obtain Trump's tax returns

More than 50 progressive groups are urging congressional Democrats to obtain President Trump’s tax returns next year, highlighting how pressure over the issue has grown following a New York Times report that Trump’s father employed complicated tax schemes to avoid paying the IRS on wealth that went to his children.

“We urge all members of Congress to support this effort on Day One of the 116th Congress and expect the returns to be made public for the good of the American people soon after,” the groups wrote in a letter sent this week to Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Senate Finance Committee ranking member Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and House Ways and Means Committee ranking member Richard Neal (D-Mass.).

“Eliminating corruption and conflicts of interest among our highest elected officials and restoring the faith of the American people in our government — stated goals of the Democratic Party in this campaign and in the next Congress — demand nothing less,” the groups added. Here’s more from The Hill’s Naomi Jagoda.

Refresher:

  • Trump is the first president in decades who hasn’t released his tax returns. He has said he won’t release them while under audit by the IRS, though the agency has said that nothing prevents people from releasing their own tax information.
  • Efforts by congressional Democrats to get Congress to request Trump’s tax returns have been unsuccessful so far because Republicans control both chambers of Congress. But if Democrats take control of at least one chamber in the midterm elections, they would be able to request the returns from the Treasury.
  • Both Wyden and Neal have said they would seek the returns if they become chairmen, but neither of them have committed to making all of the documents public.
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