Unless you’ve been in a desert with your head in the sand, you should be well aware that MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow announced last night they had obtained President Donald Trump’s mystical and intriguing tax returns. Of course, it ended up only being his two-page 1090. Despite complaints that it was over-hyped, it did show some interesting information — albeit it was no smoking gun.
However, the possibility always remains that there is more, and if one person can get a year of Trump’s taxes, perhaps we can get more. With that, House Democratic Caucus Chairman Joe Crowley (D-NY) refuses to give up. Crowley proposed a resolution to obtain President Trump’s taxes from 2006 to 2015 Wednesday. His proposal would allow for the Ways and Means Committee to obtain them and study them, looking for any possible red flags that would indicate conflicts of interest. The Hill reported:
‘Under federal tax law, the chairmen of the Ways and Means Committee, Senate Finance Committee and Joint Committee on Taxation can request tax return information from the Treasury Department.’
Crowley spoke to his colleagues, insisting this was more than just party lines and platforms.
‘This resolution is not about partisanship, it’s about America.’
Also, Crowley tweeted:
‘The complexity of @POTUS’ life and businesses are immense. Releasing his tax returns is the only way to know the extent of any conflicts.’
The complexity of @POTUS‘ life and businesses are immense. Releasing his tax returns is the only way to know the extent of any conflicts.
— Rep. Joe Crowley (@repjoecrowley) March 15, 2017
The measure is similar to other attempts by House Democrats; however, The Hill reports that it included reasoning behind the need for Trump’s taxes, saying obtaining Trump’s taxes would “ensure that all policies put forward by the Trump Administration solely benefit the American public and not his corporate business partners.”
Of course, the measure was shot down by Republicans. That’s despite many Republicans who would like to take a lookie-loo at Trump’s tax returns themselves. Last August, Politico reported 62 percent of Republican voters wanted Trump to release his tax returns. In a vote of 223-183, Republicans banded together and tabled the measure, as they’ve done in the past.
It may seem senseless to continuously push the same issue when Republicans will continue to vote it down; however, it will ensure that Trump knows Democrats do not plan to back down any time soon.
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