GOP again rejects Dem effort to force release of Trump’s tax returns
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Another Democratic effort to force a vote on demanding the release of President Trump’s tax returns failed in the House on Wednesday.

In a procedural vote largely along party lines, the House rejected a resolution that would order the committee with jurisdiction over the tax code to request copies of Trump’s tax returns.

Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-N.J.), who authored the resolution, said it would help offer transparency into Trump’s finances and whether he could benefit from the GOP’s attempts to reform the tax code. Trump broke with four decades of precedent by refusing to release his tax returns while running for the White House in 2016.

“We need to know that the president of the United States is beyond question in his objectivity to any nation,” Pascrell said before the vote. “We need to see how our president, our president, would personally benefit from changes to our tax code.”

Wednesday’s vote came a day after The New York Times reported that Trump had pressured since-ousted FBI Director James Comey earlier this year to stop investigating former national security adviser Michael Flynn’s ties to Russia. Comey documented Trump’s words in a memo, according to the Times.

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Only one Republican, Rep. Walter Jones (N.C.), voted with Democrats to support Pascrell’s resolution. Rep. Mark Sanford (R-S.C.), who has called on Trump to release his tax returns, voted “present.”

It’s the seventh time in the last few months that Democrats have forced floor votes on similar resolutions urging the House Ways and Means Committee to ask for the last 10 years of Trump’s tax returns.

Democrats brought up the resolutions on a weekly basis from late February through early April. They decided to revive the tactic this week following Comey’s dismissal.

The House Ways and Means Committee, Senate Finance Committee and Joint Committee on Taxation all have the authority to request individual tax returns from the Treasury Department and review them in closed session.

Trump claimed in a recent interview with The Economist that “nobody cares about my tax return except for the reporters.” Trump added he “might release them after I’m out of office.”