Congress to sue to block Trump border wall funding action: Pelosi

Congress to sue to block Trump border wall funding action: Pelosi

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal, D-Mass., arrives for a Democratic Caucus meeting Tuesday.

Sen. John Kennedy said Thursday he believes Ways and Means Committee Chairman Rep. Richard Neal has an "ulterior motive" in requesting six years of President Trump's taxes.

The IRS has said that people who are being audited are still free to release their tax returns.

Democrats are using a near-century old, Teapot Dome-era anti-corruption measure that allows Congress to request the tax returns of any filer to order the IRS to produce the president's returns.

In targeting the tax returns, which Trump has refused to release despite decades of precedent, Democrats demonstrated they are undeterred by the summary of Mueller's report that showed no criminal conspiracy between his campaign and the Russians.

The president signalled he would not want his returns provided to Congress. "I think the question is whether they'll follow the law".

One other lawmaker empowered to request Trump's tax returns, Senate Finance Chairman Chuck Grassley, asserted that Democrats are seeking Trump's tax returns, not to reform any tax-related law, but to take down the president.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday that Democrats would file a lawsuit aimed at preventing Trump from "stealing" billions from federal programs and diverting the money to building barriers along the border.

An IRS spokesman said the agency had no comment on Neal's request.

But Nixon went so far as to invite the Joint Committee on Taxation to examine his returns while the IRS conducted its own review. The New York Times, however, reported on Wednesday evening that some of Mueller's investigators have told associates that the findings of the original report are more damaging for the President than Barr indicated. The request includes returns for eight corporate entities.

He said on Wednesday that he "would not be inclined" to release the returns "until such time as I'm not under audit".

It is certain that the President would see any decision by Mnuchin to get involved and comply with Neal's request as a flagrant personal betrayal.

But Woodall said he hoped the push for the president's tax return will subside. Treasury officials are not going to comply with the request until they are compelled to do so.

Abandoning his threat to immediately seal the southern border, President Donald Trump warned instead on Thursday that he'd slap tariffs on cars coming to the US from Mexico unless the country does more to stop the flow of migrants and drugs coming to the U.S.

Trump is the first president since Nixon who did not voluntarily release his returns while running for public office.

Although not required by law, every major party presidential nominee since the 1970s has chosen to publicly release his or her tax returns except for Gerald Ford, who only released a summary.

The Trump administration on Thursday sent paperwork withdrawing the nomination of longtime border official Ron Vitiello to lead Immigration and Customs Enforcement, according to three people with knowledge of the move.

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