Dem lawmaker questions whether Trump’s taxes are under audit

Democrat Rep. Don Beyer said in an interview with The Hill that he doesn’t believe Trump’s taxes are under audit and claims it’s not a legitimate reason to withhold tax returns.

“I do not believe [Trump is] under audit … and I don’t think he ever will” release his tax returns, said the Virginia Democrat. He argues that Trump’s blatant refusal to cooperate, thus breaking with a long-held practice of former presidents, gives Democrats more leverage to take back control of Congress.

Beyer added, “That way you can get a majority vote in the Joint Committee on Taxation or the Ways and Means Committee that the IRS release those tax returns.”

Several Democratic lawmakers have made futile attempts to vote on various measures that would pressure President Trump to release his elusive tax returns.

Two days following the Tax March attended by thousands of protesters across the U.S., which demanded Trump release his taxes, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer announced in a press briefing Monday that the president will not be releasing his 2016 returns, citing his 2016 returns are “under the same audit that existed.”

“They are [under audit]. I think it’s been covered before. It was the same thing that was discussed during the campaign trail,” Spicer said.

As a presidential candidate, Trump was not legally required to release his tax returns, and experts maintain the same holds true now that he is serving in the White House.

“I know of no law that requires President Trump to disclose his tax returns and I have seen no action that indicates he will do so,” Kenneth Gross, an expert on laws on political activity, told ABC News.

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H/T: The Hill

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