Ocasio-Cortez Demands Trump's Tax Returns: 'We Didn't Ask You'
Democrats insists the president complies with House committee's request
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, D- N.Y. has demanded that President Donald Trump complies with a House committee's request for his tax returns.
In a tweet, the progressive congresswoman implied Congress would not be taking "no" for an answer.
"Congress: 'We’re going to need a copy of the President’s tax returns from 2013-2018,'" she said in her tweet.
"45: 'No, I’m ‘under audit.'"
"Congress: 'We didn’t ask you,'" her tweet ended, with added nail polish and receipt emojis.
House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal, D-Mass., requested six years' of Trump’s personal and business tax returns.
Following the conclusion of the Mueller report, the Democrats are holding on to Trump's tax returns as a get out of jail free card.
They believe that the president's tax information could deliver possibly ethical or legal conflicts of interest Trump may have.
“Congress, as a co-equal branch of government, has a duty to conduct oversight of departments and officials,” Neal wrote in the letter to Internal Revenue Service Commissioner Charles Rettig.
“The Ways and Means Committee, in particular, has a responsibility to conduct oversight of our voluntary Federal tax system and determine how Americans – including those elected to our highest office – are complying with those laws."
Congress: “We’re going to need a copy of the President’s tax returns from 2013-2018.”— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) April 3, 2019
45: “No, I’m ‘under audit.’ ”
Congress: “We didn’t ask you.”
In March, House Democrats passed legislation requiring presidents to disclose their tax returns, as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi vowed Trump's is their 'top priority.'
The new tax return disclosure requirement was part of the House Democrats’ wide-ranging election reform bill, which rejected the motion to condemn illegal immigrant voting.
The bill, known as H.R. 1, passed on a party-line vote of 234-193.
But the H.R. 1 is not assumed to take a vote in the Republican-controlled Senate.
Not surprisingly, Pelosi has refused to release her own tax returns and continues to dodge questions about her finances.
When asked about the importance of obtaining Trump's taxes, Pelosi said that voters support an investigation:
"I think overwhelmingly the public wants to see the president's tax returns," Pelosi told reporters.