Klobuchar asks Mueller whether he reviewed Trump's taxes

Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharDemocrats: A moment in history, use it wisely The Hill's Coronavirus Report: Rep. Rodney Davis says most important thing White House can do on COVID-19 is give consistent messaging; US new cases surpass 50k for first time The Hill's Coronavirus Report: Stagwell President Mark Penn says Trump is losing on fighting the virus; Fauci says U.S. 'going in the wrong direction' in fight against virus MORE (D-Minn.) on Thursday asked special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerCNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump CNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting The Hill's 12:30 Report: New Hampshire fallout MORE whether his team reviewed President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump second-term plans remain a mystery to GOP Trump to hold outdoor rally in New Hampshire on Saturday Eighty-eight years of debt pieties MORE's taxes as part of their investigation into Russian election interference, something Trump has said he assumes Muller's team studied.

Klobuchar, who is running for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, wrote to Mueller seeking information on whether investigators obtained Trump's personal tax returns or financial statements from the Trump Organization.

The senator, who is a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, further asked that Mueller turn over any copies of Trump's taxes or financial statements to the Senate panel as part of its review of the special counsel's full report.


Klobuchar sent her letter to Mueller one day after she raised the issue of Trump's taxes during a contentious hearing with Attorney General William BarrBill BarrDemocrat asks Barr to preserve any records tied to environmental hacking probe Justice Dept. considering replacing outgoing US attorney in Brooklyn with Barr deputy: report Ousted Manhattan US Attorney Berman to testify before House next week MORE.

Barr told the Minnesota Democrat that he did not know whether Mueller had reviewed Trump's taxes, saying Klobuchar could submit a written question to be answered at a later time "or you could ask Bob Mueller when he comes here.”

Klobuchar indicated that she planned to ask Muller about the issue.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamTrump second-term plans remain a mystery to GOP Russian bounties revive Trump-GOP foreign policy divide Jaime Harrison seeks to convince Democrats he can take down Lindsey Graham MORE (R-S.C.) has said he does not plan to call Mueller to testify before the Senate panel.

Trump last week said he assumed that Mueller looked at his finances as part of the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

"They checked my financials, and they checked my taxes, I assume," he said. "It was the most thorough investigation probably in the history of our country."

The president's comment came as he argued his cooperation with the Russia investigation was sufficient and that he did not need to comply with Democratic subpoenas.

Still, Mueller's 448-page report, a redacted version of which was released last month, made no mention of Trump's taxes or his business records.

Democrats on the House Ways and Means Committee have requested the Treasury Department turn over six years' worth of Trump’s personal and business tax returns. The department has missed two deadlines to do so thus far.

Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven Terner MnuchinCongress eyes tighter restrictions on next round of small business help On The Money: Breaking down the June jobs report | The biggest threats facing the recovery | What will the next stimulus bill include? On The Money: Economy adds 4.8M jobs in June | Unemployment to average 6.1 percent through 2030: CBO | Mnuchin says no regrets on pushing to reopen MORE said recently he expects Treasury to provide the House Ways and Means Committee with a final decision by May 6 on whether the department will comply with the request after receiving legal conclusions from the Department of Justice.

Trump has insisted he will not voluntarily give up his returns. He has cited an ongoing audit, the same reason he gave when he broke with years of precedent and declined to release his returns during the 2016 presidential campaign.