House Oversight Dem wants Trump to release taxes and 'get it over with'

A Democrat on the House Oversight and Reform Committee said Monday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpWatergate prosecutor says that Sondland testimony was 'tipping point' for Trump In private moment with Trump, Justice Kennedy pushed for Kavanaugh Supreme Court nomination: book Obama: 'Everybody needs to chill out' about differences between 2020 candidates MORE should release his tax returns and “get it over with” if he has nothing to hide.

“This president resisted the Mueller report for so many months and now he’s saying that the Mueller report vindicates him. So if he has nothing to hide then why not just release his taxes and get it over with?” Rep. Ro KhannaRohit (Ro) KhannaSanders doubles down on Bolivia 'coup,' few follow suit Democratic lawmaker: It 'defies logic' for Trump to push Ukraine to investigate Biden Overnight Health Care: CDC links vitamin E oil to vaping illnesses | White House calls Pelosi drug price plan 'unworkable' | Dem offers bill for state-based 'Medicare for All' MORE (D-Calif.) told Hill.TV’s Krystal Ball and Buck Sexton on “Rising.”

Hanna’s comments come after Attorney General William Barr sent Congress his summary of special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerTrump says he'll release financial records before election, knocks Dems' efforts House impeachment hearings: The witch hunt continues Speier says impeachment inquiry shows 'very strong case of bribery' by Trump MORE's findings in the Russia investigation, which found no evidence of collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign. However, the summary stopped short of exonerating the president of obstruction of justice allegations.

House Democrats, meanwhile, are inching closer to demanding Trump’s tax returns.

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard NealRichard Edmund NealOn The Money: Trump signs short-term spending bill to avoid shutdown | Pelosi casts doubt on USMCA deal in 2019 | California high court strikes down law targeting Trump tax returns Democrats press Trump officials over drop in ObamaCare signups amid website problems Pelosi casts doubt on USMCA deal in 2019 MORE (D-Mass.) said he intends to send a letter to Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven Terner MnuchinTrump signs short-term spending bill to avert shutdown Trump awards Jon Voight, others National Medal of Arts Senate approves stopgap bill to prevent shutdown MORE formally requesting Trump’s tax returns. If Neal moves forward with his plan, his request would mark a rare exercise of power by Congress, one that could end up in the courts.

Trump has been criticized for not voluntarily making his tax returns public, something every other major party nominee has done in recent decades. The president has said he won’t release his tax returns while they are under audit, even though the IRS has said audits don’t prevent people from making their own tax information public.

House Democrats recently passed legislation, H.R. 1, that would require presidents, vice presidents and major-party nominees for those positions to release 10 years of their individual tax returns.

The measure has little chance of being taken up in the Senate, where Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellOvernight Defense — Presented by Boeing — Deal on defense bill proves elusive | Hill, Holmes offer damaging testimony | Trump vows to block Navy from ousting officer from SEALs Trump steps up GOP charm offensive as impeachment looms Congressional authority in a time of Trump executive overreach MORE (R-Ky.) has said he has no plans to bring the legislation to the floor for a vote.

— Tess Bonn