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House Democrats take first step to access Trump tax returns

10 February 2019, 01:20 | Devin Moran

House Democrats take first step to access Trump tax returns

U.S. President Donald Trump gestures during the State of the Union address in the chamber of the US House of Representatives in Washington D.C. on Jan. 30 2018. It was reported on Feb. 5 2019 ahead of the State of the Union by multiple sources that Pre

Trump bashed Schiff in a tweet on Thursday.

In 1974, both major party candidates disclosed tax returns for the first time, according to CRS, though President Gerald Ford released only "partial" tax returns.

"The law is on our side", Pascrell, a member or Ways and Means, said during an interview on Bloomberg TV.

Watch:As lawmakers begin to hash out border security, how do conference committees work? "Let's see what happens". That plan was described by two people familiar with White House thinking who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly.

The new openness comes after Trump delivered a well-received State of the Union speech in which he preached the value of bipartisanship.

The aide also said the agreement need not contain the term "wall" - a word that was a premier plank of Trump's presidential campaign, and which Trump has lately alternated between embracing and abandoning.

Still, Republican Senator Lindsay Graham., a close ally of Trump, said on Thursday that the deal could be a good starting place - suggesting Trump could take additional action if needed to secure more wall funding without congressional approval. But the Republicans don't want the Democrats to get their hands on Trump's returns.

Without a deal passed by February 15 and signed by Trump, about 25 percent of the government will shut down again, leaving an estimated 15 percent of the federal workforce furloughed or working without regular payment. "I'm not optimistic, but I'm hopeful", he said.

Beyond the border security negotiations, the measure is likely to contain seven appropriations bills funding domestic agencies and the foreign aid budget, as well as disaster aid for victims of last year's hurricanes and western wildfires in the US.

All of these are hypothetical questions at this point, of course, since we don't actually have a Congressional deal to look at, but that should resolve itself soon enough. "If I were finished with the audit, I would have an open mind to it".

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) told reporters on Friday that Republican lawmakers wouldn't vote to block Trump from declaring a national emergency. Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney said on Fox News Channel's "Hannity" on Wednesday, "If Congress won't participate or won't go along, we'll figure out a way to do it with executive authority".

Durbin said that Democrats don't rule out having some added barrier, but said the focus should be on technology to assist in drug interdiction.

It's clear that Trump won't get anything close to the $5.7 billion ($NZ8.4b) he's demanded for wall construction, just as Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will have to depart from her view that there shouldn't be any wall funding at all. Now in the majority, my Democrat colleagues can legally attempt to do this with a majority vote in the House, though such a move would set a unsafe and inappropriate precedent.

Illinois Republican Rep. Darin LaHood blasted the effort by Democrats as a "waste of time and energy and resources" of the committee, arguing such a step was unprecedented especially while a sitting president was undergoing an independent investigation by the special counsel's office.

"But I'm concerned that the IRS may not have the ability to accurately and fairly carry this out, free from political pressure", Democratic Representative Suzan DelBene said.

"This is the most positive I've been or I've seen in the talks since, oh gosh, maybe ever ... since last fall", Shelby said.

"Don't interpret this as looking into it, but I'm going to have a briefing by Joint Tax on what all this involves before I answer any questions", Grassley told reporters January 9, referencing the Joint Committee on Taxation. Similar structural restrictions, which Democrats on the panel have said are paramount to any deal, are being discussed by negotiators in the current talks.

Count on it. Republicans are prepared to say that Neal's request is a political witch hunt, rather than legitimate government oversight.

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