Rep. Linda Sánchez: Historical precedent for demanding Trump’s tax returns

Linda SanchezWhereas, according to the Tax History Project, every President since Gerald Ford has disclosed their tax return information to the public;

Whereas, Congress gave itself the authority to review an individual’s tax returns to investigate and reveal possible conflicts of interest of executive branch officials involved dating back to the Teapot Dome scandal;

Whereas, the Joint Committee on Taxation reviewed the tax returns of President Richard Nixon in 1974 and made the information public;

Now, therefore, be it resolved that the House of Representatives shall, one, immediately request the tax return information of Donald J. Trump for tax years 2006 through 2015 for review in closed executive session by the Committee on Ways and Means, as provided under section 6103 of the Internal Revenue Code and vote to report the information therein to the full House of Representatives;

Two, support transparency in government and the longstanding tradition of Presidents and candidates disclosing their tax returns.

—Rep. Linda Sanchez (D–CA)

Notice of Intention to Offer Resolution Raising a Question of the Privileges of the House, House Floor, May 23, 2017

 

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