2017-03-08 03:28:19 UTC
"A New Jersey congressman says a rarely invoked 1924 law could be
used to examine President Donald Trump's tax returns for possible
conflicts of interest and Constitutional violations.
Rep. Bill Pascrell, a Democrat who serves on the Ways and Means
Committee, has asked the committees chairman, Rep. Kevin Brady of
Texas, to order the Treasury Department to provide tax returns to
the committee. Brady's office did not respond to a request for
After privately examining returns Pascrell is seeking 10 years'
worth the committee could decide to share them with the full
House, which would in effect make them public. The 1924 law gives
congressional committees that set tax policy the power to examine
tax returns. It was used in 1974 when Congress looked at President
Richard Nixon's returns, and in 2014 when the Ways and Means
Committee released confidential tax information as part of its
investigation into the Internal Revenue Service's handling of
applications for nonprofit status.
Trump said during the campaign he would not release his returns
because he was being audited. After the inauguration, adviser
Kellyanne Conway said he would not release them because the public
did not care.
This isnt for the Democrats or the Republicans, and its not to
embarrass anybody," he said. "This is to make sure the American
people know the facts, and if there are conflicts, they need to be
Asked if he thought he would succeed, Pascrell said he believes
many Republicans in the House and Senate "are absolutely
intimidated by this president."
But on a different issue, the top Republican and Democrat on a key
committee asked a top ethics regulator on Thursday to investigate
whether Conway, a senior aide to Trump, violated ethics rules when
she said in a television interview that people should buy the
president's daughter's clothing line."