President Donald Trump is feeling the pressure from House Democrats to release his tax returns, and one Republican senator “would like to” see them too but agrees that the president has “legitimate reason” not to release them.
Appearing on CNN Thursday, Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) said, “I think he has, at least if you take the president at his word, a legitimate reason for not turning them over, he says he’s in the middle of an audit and his CPAs say don’t turn them over.”
While the House demanded Trump turn over six years of his personal and business tax returns, the president has responded that his taxes are “under audit” by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
“I think all things being equal, I would like to see presidents’ taxes,” Kennedy continued. “I wouldn’t be averse to turning over my taxes, I don’t have anything to hide.”
The Republican senator said the House committee’s chair Richard Neal has an “ulterior motive” in requesting the tax returns because he believes “the chair hates President Trump … based on everything he’s said, he doesn’t appear, to me, to be objective.”
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CNN’s Alisyn Camerota: “Do you want to see President Trump’s taxes?”
— New Day (@NewDay) April 4, 2019
When asked Wednesday by White House reporters about Democrats requesting six years of his tax returns, Trump offered an unexpected response.
“Is that all?” he asked as IJR Red reported. “Usually, it’s ten, so I guess they’re giving up.”
“We’re under audit despite what people said, and we’re working that out as — I’m always under audit it seems, but I’ve been under audit for many years because the numbers are big, and I guess when you have a name, you’re audited, but until such time as I’m not under audit, I would not be inclined to do that,” Trump said.
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President Trump reacts to House Democrats trying to secure six years of his personal and business tax returns: "Is that all? Usually it’s ten, so I guess they’re giving up." https://t.co/JuYUW4abNq pic.twitter.com/zFiMqgkU2x
— The Hill (@thehill) April 4, 2019
As IJR News reported, Ways and Means Committee Chairman Neal sent a letter on Wednesday to IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig requesting six years of Trump’s tax returns.
“It is critical to ensure the accountability of our government and elected officials. To maintain trust in our democracy, the American people must be assured that their government is operating properly, as laws intend,” Neal said.
This step in requesting Trump’s taxes is one that several Democratic lawmakers believe will show Trump violated tax laws and conflicts of interest.
This move wasn’t met with a warm welcome from the committee’s top Republican Rep. Kevin Brady (R-Texas), who said, “This particular request is an abuse of the tax-writing committees’ statutory authority and violates the intent and safeguards of … the Internal Revenue Code.”