House Democrats likely to seek 10 years of Trump's tax returns in coming weeks

WASHINGTON - Congressional Democrats are likely to request 10 years of President Donald Trump's tax returns in coming weeks, tailoring their inquiry in a way they hope will survive a court battle, according to according to lawmakers and others involved in the discussions.

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The exact parameters of the request are still in flux, including whether to seek tax returns related to Trump's many business enterprises in addition to his personal returns.

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01:04But Democrats led by House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal, D-Mass., along with congressional lawyers, are in the advanced stages of preparing the request. They're relying on a 1924 law that gives chairmen of House and Senate tax-writing committees broad powers to demand the tax returns of White House officials.

They said they are being deliberate so as not to make a mistake that jeopardizes the investigation.


They said they are being deliberate so as not to make a mistake that jeopardizes the investigation.

"If we had done this a month and a half ago, we would not be prepared, we would be falling on our face, and we'd be looking at the rationale for what we're doing," said Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr., D-N.J., who along with some other Democrats has pushed for congressional action to get at the tax returns practically since Trump took office. "Would I have liked it to go faster? I started two years ago. Yes, of course."


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