Democrats in the House of Representatives have taken another step forward in their attempt at having President Donald Trump’s tax returns released.
They have announced that a bill they hope will be passed has been started by way of a “discharge petition,” which can only be brought to the House floor if signed by a majority of its members. With the Republicans being the majority, the likelihood of this occurring is very low.
The bill would not only affect Trump but would also require all future presidents and nominees to provide their three most recent tax returns to the Office of Government Ethics (OGE) — for presidents — or the Federal Election Commission (FEC) — for nominees.
Representative Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.) offered the bill, which states if the president or nominee does not turn over his or her tax returns, either the OGE or FEC, whichever is applicable, would then be permitted to request the returns from the U.S. Treasury Department and would also have the authority to make them available to the public.
“I think it’s going to grow because it’s meritorious,” Eshoo said in a press conference. “I am hopeful that Republicans will see the light.”
At the present time, just Reps. Mark Sanford (R-Mich.) and Walter Jones (R-N.C.) have ‘crossed the aisle’ and joined their Democratic counterparts in support of this bill.
House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said that her main concern is any information that could shed some light on Trump’s possible association with Russia and/or China. “[Tax returns] are a key that opens the door to so much information,” she commented.
H/T: The Hill
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