Partisan bickering highlights aftermath of request for Trump's tax returns

House Democrat formally demands six years of Trump tax returns from IRS likely triggering historic court battle

A top Democrat formally requested on Wednesday that the USA tax agency provide Congress with President Donald Trump's tax returns, setting up a likely legal battle with the White House. Instead, the president (almost surely) lies and says he is perpetually under audit and therefore can not release his tax returns (being under audit does not preclude you from doing this).

Trump and his administration are expected to fight the request, launching a lengthy battle that might only be resolved by the Supreme Court, and extending the fight over his tax returns into the 2020 campaign or beyond.

Neal's request to the IRS asks for Trump's individual and business tax returns, any related affidavits and worksheets, and any information about audits of those returns.

Administration officials had been studying ways to minimize the economic impact of a potential border closure in case Trump went through with his threat, including keeping trucking lanes open or closing only certain ports. With any luck, in a week we will have our answers as to why the President of the United States does not want us to see how he makes his money. "There is not a lawyer on this planet that should give that advice - any advice other than what I just gave - to their client short of suffering malpractice".

House Democrats haven't stopped at Trump's business filings.

The White House said Thursday that Democratic efforts to obtain President Donald Trump's tax records are "political games".

Mr. Neal said being under an audit doesn't cut it as an excuse. Mark Meadows of North Carolina said in an interview on Fox News Thursday morning about the Judiciary Committee's authorization of the Mueller report subpoena.

Neal is one of only three congressional officials authorized to make a written request to the Treasury secretary for anyone's tax returns.

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"The idea they would be turned over and arbitrarily released without review and consideration wouldn't happen", Neal said. "But until such time as I'm not under audit I would not be inclined to do that", Trump added.

While speaking to the media Wednesday, the president said he will not comply with the request as those audits are still taking place. He has said he won't release them because he is being audited, even though IRS officials have said taxpayers under audit are free to release their returns.

He has said that the returns would answer the question of whether the president was financially beholden to Russian Federation, and how he personally would benefit from the Republican tax bill he signed into law.

President Donald Trump listens as Dyan Gibbens, founder and chief executive officer of Trumbull Unmanned, speaks during a meeting with women small business owners including in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Wash., on March 27, 2017.

"We expect that the IRS commissioner will follow the law".

A 1924 law authorizes the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee to request the tax returns of any citizen, although that provision has rarely been used.

During the dramatic hearing before the House Oversight Committee, Cohen further questioned the existence of the President's audit.

Neal said the legal strategy was devised by House counsel and the Ways and Means Committee's tax staff.

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