IL bill proposes Trump showing tax returns to appear on 2020 ballot

Henrietta Strickland
April 13, 2019

Neal reacted cautiously and is expected to have a fuller response later this week after consulting with House lawyers.

The Trump administration will miss a Wednesday deadline set by congressional Democrats demanding to see President Donald Trump's tax returns, the treasury secretary said.

Mr Trump himself has claimed that he can not release his tax returns because they are under audit, although technically there is nothing preventing him from doing so. Trump has broken with decades of presidential precedent by not voluntarily releasing his returns to the public.

"The American people want - and we are going to deliver - a Medicare for all, single-payer system", Sanders said at a Capitol Hill press conference.

"I'm agnostic. Show me how you think you can get there", she told The Washington Post last week. "What do people get for that in terms of care, and what do they pay for that along the way?" White House officials similarly would not offer more information.

Democrats didn't expect the department to comply, but they haven't sketched out their next steps.

Neal has adopted a methodical approach to seeking Trump's returns.

The current bill's co-sponsors include White House hopefuls Cory Booker, Kirsten Gillibrand, Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren.

Neal's initial letter, sent a week ago, didn't lay out any consequences for the IRS if it didn't comply, and a spokesman said a likely course would be a second, more insistent, letter.

"Together we are going to end the global embarrassment of the United States of America, our great country, being the only major nation on earth not to guarantee health care to all as a right", he said.

He said that while there are legal provisions for the Internal Revenue Service to turn tax papers over to the Ways and Means Committee - the chief tax-writing committee in the House - a "political" attack is not a valid reason. A system set up to keep the president from interfering in Congress' oversight role is being subverted by an administration whose only apparent objective is to protect Trump.

Mnuchin told lawmakers that his department will "follow the law", but he hasn't shared the department's interpretation of the statute. The president's outside attorney also did not respond to a request for comment.

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