Plan to release Trump's tax returns blocked

By Matt Hoffman, Buzz60

A democratic congressman has a plan to get a look at President Trump's tax returns, but republicans aren't playing along.

The Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee is allowed to request tax returns from the Treasury Department.

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Committee member Bill Pascrell Jr., a democrat from New Jersey, sent a letter to chairman Kevin Brady asking him to exercise that power to get ahold of President Trump's tax returns so that the committee could review them and potentially send them along to the House.

But Brady, a Texas republican, said on Monday that he rejected that request.

According to Politico, Brady told reporters, "my belief is that if Congress begins to use its powers to rummage around in the tax returns of the president, what prevents Congress from doing the same to average Americans?"

President Trump is the first major presidential candidate since Gerald Ford to abstain from releasing his tax returns to the public.

Pascrell argued that he could be concealing a conflict of interest, writing, "President Trump is now governing while also owning a business with international investments. The Constitution faces unprecedented threats due to this arrangement."

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