Publicado: Sol, Febrero 10, 2019
Global | Por Milagro Delgado

Democrats, Republicans Clash Over Release of Donald Trump's Tax Returns

Democrats, Republicans Clash Over Release of Donald Trump's Tax Returns

"We're on the verge of a government shutdown again because Democrats won't come to the table to have a conversation about securing the country", Gidley said in light of the February 15 deadline. Republicans are especially eager to avoid another shutdown after they got scalded by the last one. Trump would direct the Army Corps of Engineers to construct a border wall on seized private land in the "emergency" zone along the Southern border, and divert $7 billion from the Treasury, Pentagon, and Department of Homeland Security for the project, bypassing Congress altogether.

Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), leader of the House Freedom Caucus, said he spoke Thursday night to Trump, who was in "wait and see" mode.

Unlike previous presidents, Trump has refused to release his tax records.

Democrats say they want to see Trump's returns to be sure he's complying with tax laws, to examine his financial connections overseas, and find out to whom he owes money.

The new openness comes after Trump delivered a well-received State of the Union speech in which he preached the value of bipartisanship.

The decision of how to handle a request for Trump's returns will fall to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, one of the President's closest confidants and earliest backers. Among them: whether there are conflicts of interest between his companies and his presidential actions; what are the sources of his income and to whom he might be beholden as a result; whether he's properly paid taxes; and whether he benefited from the sweeping Republican-written tax law enacted in late 2017.

"If you think this is important, then you should require its release", said Thorndike in an interview with CNN.

In order to allow sufficient time for both chambers of Congress to pass the legislation and get it to the president ahead of that date, lawmakers hope to finalize their deal on Monday.

"I don't think it'll make the final package", he said. It ended January 25 when Trump said he would agree to fund the government for three weeks to give congressional appropriators time to work out a solution. "If I were finished with the audit, I would have an open mind to it". The provision would apply to Trump, but Republicans oppose the measure and are expected to have the votes to block it in the Senate. Trump could veto it, but the veto would still inflict political damage.

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Fleischmann is among a handful of lawmakers invited by acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney to meet over the weekend at Camp David, the presidential retreat. It's not $5.7 billion for the wall.

Durbin said that Democrats don't rule out having some added barrier, but said the focus should be on technology to assist in drug interdiction.

"They want to know the truth, they want to know the facts", House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the Democrats' leader, said at a news conference Thursday.

Last year, a bipartisan Senate panel approved $US1.6 billion for 105 kilometres of pedestrian fencing in Texas - in line with Trump's official request. Now in the majority, my Democrat colleagues can legally attempt to do this with a majority vote in the House, though such a move would set a risky and inappropriate precedent. "They are fighting Border Agents recommendations".

Rep. Mike Kelly of Pennsylvania, the subcommittee's senior Republican, accused the Democrats of gearing up to obtain the president's returns - and release them.

"I don't see any wiggle room in the statute for the secretary to refuse a request", Yin said.

"Don't interpret this as looking into it, but I'm going to have a briefing by Joint Tax on what all this involves before I answer any questions", Grassley told reporters January 9, referencing the Joint Committee on Taxation. But the White House could win something larger than the $1.6 billion for border barriers Democrats had previously offered as part of a bipartisan Senate bill a year ago.

All of this is good news, of course, and it seems to be yet another sign that Republicans on Capitol Hill most definitely don't want to see a replay of the five-week shutdown that paralyzed the government and much of Washington from December 22nd until almost the end of January.

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