"I think Ways and Means should focus their time making sure of how strong this economy is today, of how we can make it stronger", said McCarthy, a California Republican.
Asked specifically whether he plans to make Trump's tax returns a top priority, Jeffries responded with a different list of legislative goals like lowering health care costs, introducing an infrastructure plan and "cleaning up corruption".
After Democrats won enough House seats to take control, Trump reiterated that he might consider releasing his tax returns - but only after the audit is concluded. Their newly energized leftward wing is pushing Neal to set the quest in motion, and fast.
Thursday's hearings were just the beginning.
"Congress has a duty to expose foreign interference, hold Russian Federation to account, ensure that USA officials - including the President - are serving the national interest and, if not, are held accountable", he said.
Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., chairman of the oversight subcommittee, said the American public is intensely interested in the subject. In other words, we will ask the question: "Does the public need to know that a person holding the highest office in our country obeys the tax laws?"
Five witnesses are expected to testify: Joseph J. Thorndike, director of the Tax History Project, an initiative from Tax Analysts; George K. Yin, the Edwin S. Cohen Distinguished Professor of Law and Taxation at the University of Virginia School of Law; Noah Bookbinder, executive director at the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington; Steven M. Rosenthal, senior fellow at the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center; and Ken Kies, managing director of the Federal Policy Group.
"This is the most positive I've been or I've seen in the talks since, oh gosh, maybe ever ... since last fall", Shelby said. And tax returns of a business owned by a president have not been disclosed, she pointed out.
Trump broke with decades of tradition for presidential candidates by refusing to release his income tax filings during his 2016 campaign.
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Democrats hold a 25-17 majority on the committee, so it seems likely the public would see Trump's tax returns if Mnuchin turns them over.
For the Ways and Means Committee to use its right to demand the president's tax returns would be "such an abuse of power" and it "would open up Pandora's box". "It would set a very unsafe precedent".
Although Trump warned Congress in his State of the Union on Tuesday that "there can not be war and investigation" if lawmakers want 'peace and legislation, ' House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff declared Wednesday that Democrats are not intimidated. One provision of the law lets the Defence Department provide support for counter-drug activities.
I take this issue very seriously not only because I would have to vote on any action before the House of Representatives to disclose the president's tax returns, but also because the House Ways and Means Committee, on which I serve, has jurisdiction over the IRS. House Appropriations Committee spokesman Evan Hollander said in a statement that Democrats want the figure to be less than $2 billion.
The oversight hearing comes two days after Trump faced a divided Congress in his State of the Union address, imploring the Democrats to step away from "ridiculous partisan investigations" as they move forward with oversight of his administration and his finances. Steyer is also spending $109,000 on additional advertisements demanding that Democrats request Trump's tax returns.
Trump told reporters Thursday at the White House after being briefed on the progress of the talks by Republican Alabama Sen.
House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler threatened Trump's acting attorney general, Matthew Whitaker, with a subpoena if he did not turn over records of his communications with the White House in reference to Special Counsel Robert Mueller's ongoing investigation into Russian election meddling.
The practice of unilaterally releasing tax returns would set a unsafe precedent eroding our most basic privacy rights.