Democrats make new move to get Trump’s tax return

Democrats have come up with another method by which to see the president’s tax returns, calling for a vote that would force Trump and all future presidents to release their tax returns.

On Wednesday, Democrats on the House Oversight Committee sent a letter to Oversight Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah). In the letter, ranking member Elijah Cummings and the panel’s other Democrats ask for a vote on the Presidential Tax Transparency Act.

The letter states, “Of course, we support requiring future presidents to disclose their tax returns, but exempting President Trump from this requirement makes no sense at all — especially since every previous president for the past four decades has voluntarily disclosed his tax returns.”

The letter indicates Chairman Chaffetz has not placed the vote on meeting agendas, despite calls from Democrats, and asks it be added to a markup taking place on May 2.

“Given all the developments that have occurred since we wrote to you in March, we respectfully request that you add H.R. 305 to the agenda for this markup,” read the letter.

Also referenced in the letter are the names of Republican lawmakers who have joined the Democrats’ calls for Trump’s tax returns, including Reps. Mark Sanford (S.C.) and Justin Amash (Mich.).

The letter comes a week after the White House said Trump’s tax returns were not released because they are under audit, and on the same day Treasury Sec. Steve Mnuchin declared the president has no plans to release his returns.

In a White House briefing, Mnuchin said, “The president has no intention — the president has released plenty of information and I think has given more financial disclosure than anybody else. I think the American population has plenty of information.”

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