The chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee has said he plans to request Trump's returns using IRS code 6103, a provision that Democrats say allows the chairman of the House Ways and Means committee to request Trump's tax returns.
Members of a House-Senate conference committee, meeting behind closed doors Wednesday, are focused on how much to spend on border security and fencing or other barriers, said Dick Durbin of IL, the No. 2 Senate Democrat.
"Is he profiting from his position?" asked Steven M. Rosenthal, a witness at Thursday's hearing and a senior fellow at the Urban Brookings Tax Policy Center, in a column past year.
The Democratic lawmakers faced stiff objections from congressional Republicans, who accused them of seeking to violate Trump's privacy, setting a risky precedent for political retribution and abusing the power laid out in the law. Their newly energized leftward wing is pushing Neal to set the quest in motion, and fast.
Thursday's hearings were just the beginning.
"I'd suspect that Bob Mueller and his team are looking at that already and hopefully it's part of a report that is submitted to us shortly", Kind said, referring to the special counsel investigating Russian election-meddling and possible involvement by Trump's campaign.
Rep. Steven M. Palazzo, R-Miss., a conference committee member, said he expects a deal will be reached "before the end of the weekend" and that aid for disaster victims would be included.
The committee wants to know "whether any foreign actor has sought to compromise or holds leverage, financial or otherwise, over Donald Trump, his family, his business, or his associates", Schiff said in a statement Wednesday. "Because if Democrats or any party can abuse their power to rummage through the tax returns of the president, what will stop them from abusing that power in the future frankly to target any individual American that they see as a political enemy?"
US President Donald Trump listens during the National Prayer Breakfast February 7, 2019, in Washington, DC.
The legal battle that could ensue over Trump's tax filings would be unprecedented.
The effort is being met with outright hostility from Republicans and skepticism even within Democratic ranks. "There is no end in sight for those whose tax information may be in jeopardy". Kelly asked. "What about the tax returns of the speaker?" "No one is above the law".
"The law is on our side", Pascrell, a member or Ways and Means, said during an interview on Bloomberg TV. "In terms of the tax issue, it's not a question of just sending a letter". And Democratic bargainer Rep. Pete Aguilar of California said, "Each time an offer and a counter is going back and forth the number of open items is reducing".
The subcommittee also examined a proposal that would require all presidents, vice presidents and candidates for those offices to make public 10 years of tax returns.
It is a familiar dilemma for Democrats in the first weeks of their new majority. The legislation also would make it easier for citizens to register and vote, and ban executive-branch officials from lobbying their old agency for two years after they leave government. Democrats are trying to limit the Trump administration's ability to detain border crossers, preferring alternatives such as ankle bracelets.
That legislation, however, is likely to be dead on the arrival in the Senate as Republicans control the upper chamber.
On Friday, Democrats are hauling Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker before Congress for the first time.
Trump broke with decades of tradition for presidential candidates by refusing to release his income tax filings during his 2016 campaign.
Trump has repeatedly declared his innocence, claiming that the growing investigations, which also include probes by federal prosecutors in NY, are politically motivated.