Pelosi Aide: Democrats have 'Legitimate' Reasons To Obtain Trump's Tax Returns
Democrats released a statement concerning Trump's past business practices.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's (D-Calif.) office said Friday they have "legitimate" reasons to obtain President Trump's tax returns and "will take all necessary steps," according to their statement.
“Every day the American people and Congress learn more about President Trump’s improprieties, from conflicts of interest to influence peddling, potential tax evasion and violations of the Constitution – all roads leading back to President Trump’s finances," Pelosi spokeswoman Ashley Etienne said.
"These improprieties, and the lack of transparency around them, give the House legitimate legislative, oversight and legal reasons to review the President’s tax returns."
"We will take all necessary steps, including litigation, if necessary, to obtain them," she added.
"Given President Trump’s recalcitrance, the committees with jurisdictional and legislative equities are working with the Ways and Means Committee to ensure the House is able to present the strongest possible case.”
Following the testimony of Michael Cohen, who even admitted spoke with Democratic Reps. Elijah Cummings and Adam Schiff ahead of the hearing, the Democrats released a statement concerning Trump's past business practices.
Cohen alleged that Trump would undervalue his assets to reduce his real estate tax bill, but raise the value of his assets to increase his rankings on Forbes's wealth lists for insurance purposes.
Cohen also aroused suspicion on whether Trump's tax returns were being audited during the 2016 presidential election.
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But House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal (D-Mass.) insisted they plan to request a return after they have 'built a case' in case of a court battle.
According to NBC News: Neal had earlier said he might wait for the conclusion of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of the Trump campaign’s potential ties to Russia before making the request.
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