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Democrats had barely wrested control of the House Tuesday night when they demanded President Donald Trump turn over his tax returns. Wednesday morning, Democrats declared that investigating Trump’s personal financial records would be the first item on their agenda come January.

Democratic Representative Richard Neal (MA) told MSNBC Tuesday night that he plans on using his newfound power as chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee to force the President to turn over his tax returns, and that he’ll subpoena the records if necessary.

Neal declared his intentions back in October, Newsweek reports, and claimed then that he could use an obscure 1924 provision in the United States tax code, that allows the Ways and Means Committee to view any American’s tax returns upon request, to obtain Trump’s records straight from the IRS (though he’d prefer it if the President simply complied with his wishes).

“I think we would all be comfortable if this was done on a voluntary basis,” Neal said. “If they would resist the overture then I think you could probably see a long and grinding court case.”

It’s not clear what Neal hopes to learn from Trump’s tax returns, but the President hasn’t exactly been willing to turn over his financial information, either, perhaps leading Democrats to suspect he’s hiding valuable information on how his finances and his position as President intertwine. During the 2016 campaign, Trump broke with tradition and did not disclose details of his or his corporation’s finances, claiming that he and his company were under audit by the IRS.

The IRS does not comment on whether there is an ongoing investigation, but other evidence seemed to suggest that wasn’t true — and the IRS noted, publicly, that individuals under audit were under no obligation to keep their returns secret.

If he moves forward with his plan, Neal will have to fight fellow Democrats for the honor of issuing the subpoena, if it comes to that. Rep. Elijah Cummings, who will likely take over the House Oversight Committee, has expressed a desire to see Trump’s tax returns and investigate whether Trump has run afoul of the Constitution’s Emoluments clause, which prohibits elected officials from receiving gifts from foreign entities while in a position to direct policy without the express consent of Congress.

Rep. Maxine Waters, who will now chair the House Financial Services Committee, hasn’t said outright that she plans on investigating the President, but it’s not likely she’ll pass on the opportunity.

In addition to Trump’s financials, Democrats have, in recent weeks, suggested that they plan on initiating an investigation into whether Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted young women while a teenager in suburban Washington, D.C., and re-opening a probe into whether members of the Trump Presidential campaign actively colluded with Russian officials to impact the outcome of the 2016 Presidential election.

Trump won’t be taking the investigations sitting down, a point he made clear on Twitter Wednesday morning.

“If the Democrats think they are going to waste Taxpayer Money investigating us at the House level, then we will likewise be forced to consider investigating them for all of the leaks of Classified Information, and much else, at the Senate level. Two can play that game!” Trump tweeted.

If Neal does demand Trump’s IRS records, the President is expected to initiate aggressive litigation in response.

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11 Comments

11 Comments

  1. Silas Longshot

    November 8, 2018 at 4:54 am

    These democrat morons wanna play this card? Trump will throw that grenade right back at ’em. Wanna ‘investigate’ kickbacks & play to play? Well, then, we’ll investigate to find out why Maxipad Waters, Nutty Nancy, Cryin’ Chuck, Shifty Schiff and many more democrats who’ve been there 30 -40 years are multi-millionaires on the “meager” salaries the taxpayers pay them.

    Pelosi top goals:
    1-F*ck up all Trump’s success, try to undo economic boom, make impeachment noises
    2-More LGBT
    3-No wall, more dreamers / illegals voting democrat
    4-Take your guns
    5-More 0bamacare
    6-More spending
    7-More division, think they won because of attacking republicans
    8-Maxipad in charge of national finances, here comes Great depression 2
    If you didn’t vote conservative, this is YOUR FAULT

    • S MUZECHUK

      November 11, 2018 at 12:33 am

      THIS JUST GOES TO SHOW US HOW MUCH THE DEMOCRATS HATE…THEY WOULD RATHER WASTE THEIR TIME AND OUR TAX DOLLARS ON SOMETHING MOST OF US COULD GIVE A DAMN ABOUT…WE KNOW HE IS WEALTHY SO THE HELL WHAT…THEY ARE JEALOUS AND KNOW THEY WILL NEVER ATTAIN WHAT HE HAS. AND THEY ARE STILL WEEPING OVER KILLARY’S LOSE. PELOSI…..GO STOMP YOUR GRAPES AND CLEAN UP THE SHIT AND NEEDLES IN SAN FRANCISCO.

  2. Brenda

    November 8, 2018 at 5:40 am

    First thing they will do…demand Trump’s tax returns? Really…this is definitely more important than trying to bring our country back together…and actually try to do things that are best for Americans. We peons don’t give a hoot about his returns. We want better, less expensive health insurance. We want reduced taxes. We want ILLEGAL immigrants kept out of our country no matter where they’re from. And if they really do want to come for the right reason, without all of the freebies they get instead of our Veterans and other needy Americans, then let them apply and come in legally. These are just a few of the things we Americans want, and would much rather your time and our taxpayer money be used wisely accomplishing something productive for us.

  3. Andrew

    November 8, 2018 at 5:51 am

    We could care less about his tax returns.
    However I do remember him producing one and he paid something like 4 million in taxes and paid way more than Romney.

  4. Deborah

    November 8, 2018 at 5:54 am

    It is not in the Constitution nor has releasing taxes by presidential candidates or the president been passed into law. It is not even needed. What business is it how much money they made before becoming president? Of course the taxes will show they are millionaires and they have tax shelters. If I was rich you better believe I would have a tax shelters. It has absolutely no bearing on the type of president anyone is. You would think they (Democrats) would be more interested in working together to make this country what it once was.

  5. Joe

    November 8, 2018 at 10:38 am

    Better be prepared Democrats one day you will win the presidency and boy aill i want to see your taxes. Lets start now nancy and Maxine

  6. John Lozinski

    November 8, 2018 at 12:43 pm

    They have no right to my returns or Trumps but I would love to see Obamas records and Kenyan birth exposed and Obama hung if they can go after Trumps records as president I would say conditional to releasing Obama’s records and trying him for treason. ‘What I do not understand is why we allow these IDIOT Democrats to waste our tax payer money with all this insanity.

  7. Anna Burrows

    November 8, 2018 at 1:25 pm

    Here we go with more waste of taxpayer money … Now is the time to do the back ground check on all of them and show the American people how they exactly became so rich on what they were suppose to be making.. Also everyone else is suppose to retire at a certain age , Why not them? Lets see all their true tax returns without them hiding anything since they’ve been in office ….. Who is actually paying them to cause so much disruption ?? They all can’t be that stupid or greedy … or can they?

  8. fred h smith

    November 8, 2018 at 3:09 pm

    Pelosi and company aren’t smart enough to understand them any way,,,like all super money people he has a staff of lawyers and accountants handle his taxes,,,,,I’m comfortable but not really rich but I have investments etc that require the tax knowledge of a good accountant so that I pay the proper taxes,,,I am over80 and have always paid my fair share..

  9. sms0551

    November 8, 2018 at 5:28 pm

    I am poor and old (ish) and so I do not have to pay taxes anymore (legal if you make under so much a year) But I have spent to much much of my tax dollars supporting illegals and do not want to see Americans paying for President Trumps tax returns No one care but the demoncraps who are just trying to undo him because HE WON !!!!!!!

  10. MAGA

    November 8, 2018 at 6:06 pm

    And while they are at it, how about going after Obama and everything he hid from them and the American people? Go after Al Sharpton for not paying his taxes. Hillary for the nuclear material she sold to the Russians and the huge donation from them to her charity AFTER that. Maxine Waters for funneling money to her daughter.And also investigate members of the Congress and Senate who have become multi millionaires since being in office and they how did that. Etc, etc. If they don’t, President Trump will with the blessings of the people.

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