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 committee’s 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 comment Friday.
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.
You may remember that I brought this ability by Congress to get their hands on Trump's tax returns on Wednesday. At the time I could not understand why nobody was dong this.
Well now they are.
I have no idea how long Trump can restrain himself from attacking this guy on Twitter, since we all know that this is perhaps one of his greatest fears.
I am not at all sure what is in these tax returns (Though I can imagine,) but whatever it is Trump is clearly desperate to keep them away from public scrutiny.