Two Republicans sign formal letter requesting Trump’s tax returns

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On Friday, two House Republicans joined more than 160 Democrats in efforts to compel President Trump to release his tax returns.

Representatives Mark Sanford (R-S.C.) and Walter Jones (R-N.C.) joined in signing a letter addressed to Ways and Means Committee chairman Kevin Brady (R-Texas) and Senate Finance chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) in which they requested that the men ask Treasury secretary Steven Mnuchin to persuade the president to release a decades’ worth of tax returns for the committees to review.

The letter reads:

“Disclosure would serve the public interest of clarifying President Trump’s conflicts of interest in office, the potential for him to personally benefit from tax reform, and ensure that he is not receiving any preferential treatment from the IRS.

“The Founding Fathers were so determined to prevent corruption among public officeholders that they wrote into our Constitution the foreign emoluments clause. Yet President Trump has chosen to keep an ownership stake in his businesses, in which we know that state-owned enterprises in China and the United Arab Emirates are involved.

“We know that his business ties stretch to India, Turkey, the Philippines and beyond. None of these potential conflicts and violations of the emoluments clause can be verified until and unless we have disclosure from President Trump.”

 

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