Schumer hits back at Trump: ‘He’s hostage-taking once again’

President TrumpDonald John TrumpForget the spin: Five unrefuted Mueller Report revelations Lara Trump: Merkel admitting migrants 'one of the worst things that ever happened to Germany' Financial satisfaction hits record high: survey MORE is “hostage-taking once again” by threatening to not work with Congress “if there are investigations,” Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerMJ Hegar announces Texas Senate bid Hillicon Valley: House Dems subpoena full Mueller report | DOJ pushes back at 'premature' subpoena | Dems reject offer to view report with fewer redactions | Trump camp runs Facebook ads about Mueller report | Uber gets B for self-driving cars Dem legal analyst says media 'overplayed' hand in Mueller coverage MORE (D-N.Y.) told Hill.TV on Thursday.

"He's hostage-taking once again, holding the American people hostage,” Schumer said in an exclusive interview with Hill.TV. "It's not just the right of Congress to look into these things, it's the obligation. The Founding Fathers said it.”

His remarks were in response to tweets earlier in the day from Trump, who lashed out at Democrats like House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffOn The Money: Treasury misses second Dem deadline on Trump tax returns | Waters renews calls for impeachment | Dem wants Fed pick to apologize for calling Ohio cities 'armpits of America' | Stocks reach record high after long recovery On The Money: Cain withdraws from Fed consideration | Says he didn't want 'pay cut' | Trump sues to block subpoena for financial records | Dems plot next move in Trump tax-return battle Pelosi downplays impeachment post-Mueller report MORE (Calif.) launching investigations into the administration.

“So now Congressman Adam Schiff announces, after having found zero Russian Collusion, that he is going to be looking at every aspect of my life, both financial and personal, even though there is no reason to be doing so. Never happened before!”

Trump went on to say, “The Dems and their committees are going ‘nuts.’ The Republicans never did this to President Obama, there would be no time left to run government. I hear other committee heads will do the same thing. Even stealing people who work at White House! A continuation of Witch Hunt!”

Schumer shot back by telling Hill.TV, “What's he afraid of? If he thought there was nothing there, why would he worry?”

A House Ways and Means subcommittee is holding a hearing Thursday that will discuss legislative proposals and tax laws involving presidential tax returns. Trump became the first president in decades to refuse to release his tax returns.

Rep. Judy ChuJudy May ChuDems plot next move in Trump tax-return battle Trump lawyer disputes Dem rationale for requesting tax returns Dogfighting victims need the HEART Act to find their way home MORE (D-Calif.), a member of the subcommittee, explained to Hill.TV that experts will testify that House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard NealRichard Edmund NealCongress can retire the retirement crisis Democratic Party chief: Trump is 'compromised' Overnight Health Care: Dem chairs to meet with progressives on drug pricing | Oregon judge says he will block Trump abortion rule | Trump vows to 'smash the grip' of drug addiction | US measles cases hit post-2000 record MORE (D-Mass.) has the authority to obtain all tax returns via IRS code section 6103.

That statute “allows the chair of Ways and Means to obtain the tax information of anyone that he deems worthy,” Chu said. “There is no ifs, ands or buts. Basically, if he asks for that then the person must comply, including the president.”

Veteran GOP Rep. Mike ConawayKenneth (Mike) Michael ConawayDems ramp up subpoena threats GOP zeroes in on Schiff Pelosi rushes to Schiff's defense MORE (Texas) also told Hill.TV that Democrats are making good on 2018 campaign promises by launching investigations.

“The Democrats didn't really run on any kind of a platform to do anything other than investigate. So when you make it campaign promises to get elected then you've got to fulfill those promises,” said Conaway, a member of the House Intelligence Committee.

“They basically promised to investigate everything under the sun that relates to President Trump – family, business, whatever it might be - so they are simply fulfilling campaign promises – if they bear fruit, they do, but I don't think they will in many instances,” Conaway added.

— Molly K. Hooper