House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) hit his Democratic colleagues with some hard questions after they announced that the Ways and Means Committee requested President Donald Trump’s tax returns from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
Trump’s tax returns have been a point of contention between Democrats and Republicans since he declined to release them during the 2016 presidential election. Some Democrats have suggested that the president has refused to release them because they could show suspicious business dealings that could be a conflict of interest or potential tax violations.
As IJR Red reported, the president responded to the Democrats’ request for his tax returns, telling reporters that he would not be handing them over because he is under an IRS audit. However, that has not been confirmed, and it is unclear whether that would actually impact his ability to publish the tax returns.
While Trump may not want to turn over his tax returns for his own reasons, McCarthy questioned what good the returns would do in the first place.
During his weekly press conference Thursday afternoon, McCarthy questioned what the Democrats think they can find that special counsel Robert Mueller and his $25 million investigative team couldn’t find.
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“Did we not just put the country through enough? Did we just not spend $25 million? Did we just not have — and what will they find in these tax returns that Mueller could not find? That the 40 agents, that the 2,500 subpoenas, and the 500 witnesses [couldn’t find]? Nothing is there, so why do you continue to put the country through this?”
McCarthy claimed that using the Ways and Means Committee to target the president is only politically motivated.
“It says a lot about their character and a lot about their values that they want to weaponize government to punish individuals because they politically disagree with them and they can’t accept an election,” he said.
For now, it isn’t clear what will happen as far as the Ways and Means Committee’s request to the IRS goes. Committee Chairman Richard Neal (D-Mass.) put in the request for Trump’s personal tax returns as well as documentation from eight other entities tied to the president.