Republicans block bid to force Trump to release tax returns

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WASHINGTON (AP) — 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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4 comments

  • steve

    He is not required by law to release the information, and in the past when Presidents have elected to do so, their returns are deceptive to say the least. John Kerry, John McCain, and Geraldine Ferraro submitted returns, but not entirely complete regarding their true income. Bill and Hillary actually counted Bill’s personal clothing items as charitable a contribution on their return. It’s not required of a President to do so, but what’s the point if it’s not a true indication of their personal wealth? None.

    • Old Bob

      If Trump hadn’t keep saying he was going to release his tax returns I wouldn’t think any thing about it. But I believe a person is only as good as their word. I am starting to wonder about Trump’s word.

      • steve

        Trump’s just trying to keep up with “If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor”, “If you like your insurance, you can keep your insurance”. Those words ring a bell? Those words are more damning than Trump’s decision to follow the examples set by others.