House Dems to force vote on bill demanding Trump taxes, visitor logs: report

House Dems to force vote on bill demanding Trump taxes, visitor logs: report
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House Democrats are planning to force a vote Thursday on a bill that would require President Trump to release information about his taxes and visitor logs, The Washington Post reported.

Democrats will reportedly attempt procedural maneuvers to force a vote on a bill by Rep. Katherine Clark (D-Mass.) that would demand disclosures on Trump’s taxes, business dealings, ethics waivers in the administration and details about whom he is meeting with at the White House and at his private Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida.

Democrats are hoping to force Republicans in competitive reelections to go on the record defending Trump.

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The Trump administration said earlier this month that it will not release disclosure logs of visitors to the White House, breaking with a practice that began under the Obama administration.

The White House cited “grave national security risks and privacy concerns of the hundreds of thousands of visitors annually.”

Ethics and watchdog groups have since sued the Trump administration, demanding the visitor logs be released. 

Senate Democrats had previously requested that the administration continue releasing White House logs and extend it to Mar-a-Lago, where Trump has spent most of his weekends since taking office. 

Republicans are likely to step in and block consideration of Clark’s bill on Thursday.

The bill would reportedly require Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to provide the House Ways and Means Committee with copies of Trump’s taxes from 2007 to 2016 for review in a closed session.

It would also require the Office of Government and Ethics to notify lawmakers of any administration official who was granted a waiver from Trump’s order banning lobbyists from serving in government positions and banning government officials from lobbying for five years.

The legislation would also force the administration to disclose any document “that refers or relates to President Trump’s proposal to maintain an interest in his business holdings, while turning over day-to-day operation of those interests to his sons Donald J. Trump, Jr., and Eric Trump.”

And it would require the White House and Mar-a-Lago resort to provide the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee with visitor logs “on a rolling and ongoing basis,” according to the report.