Dem on tax returns request: Trump 'least transparent president in half a century'

Rep. Dan KildeeDaniel (Dan) Timothy KildeeWorking Families Tax Relief Act would help millions join middle class Democrats see whistleblower report as smoking gun Whistleblower fuels impeachment talk MORE (D-Mich.) defended Ways & Means Committee Chair Richard NealRichard Edmund NealAmerica's workers and small business owners need the SECURE Act CBO: Pelosi bill to lower drug prices saves Medicare 5 billion Mexican president urges Pelosi to get USMCA trade deal approved MORE’s (D-Mass.) authority to request President TrumpDonald John TrumpBusiness school deans call for lifting country-specific visa caps Bolton told ex-Trump aide to call White House lawyers about Ukraine pressure campaign: report Federal prosecutors in New York examining Giuliani business dealings with Ukraine: report MORE’s tax returns Sunday, calling Trump the “least transparent president in half a century.”

Contrary to language used by Trump’s attorneys in a letter to the Internal Revenue Service Friday, Neal’s request is “not a Pandora’s box” and derives from “legitimate authority,” Kildee told ABC’s George Stephanophoulos.

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"We are looking very carefully right now as to whether or not the IRS is properly auditing and enforcing tax law on the President of the United States, and we’re considering legislative changes to that end,” Kildee said on ABC’s “This Week.”

“It is not up to President Trump to determine whether or not this coequal branch of government has the tools available to it to make the deliberations necessary in order to make policy.”

Kildee added that the American public “has a right to know whether the president’s interests are impacting the decisions that he makes” and telling Stephanophoulos Trump has “broken 50 years of tradition” by not releasing his returns.

“The president and the Congress [have] legitimate authority, the question is whether we’re using that authority for legitimate purposes,” Kildee said. “Anybody who knows Donald Trump should be concerned about his abuse of authority.”

On Friday, an attorney for Trump wrote that Neal could not legally request Trump's tax returns until the IRS receives an opinion from the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel.

On Sunday, acting White House Chief of Staff Mick MulvaneyJohn (Mick) Michael MulvaneyHillicon Valley: Trump official declines to testify on trade protections for tech | Senators call for better info-sharing on supply chain threats | Apple pulls app after Chinese pressure Overnight Energy: Dems subpoena Perry in impeachment inquiry | EPA to overhaul rules on lead contamination tests | Commerce staff wrote statement rebuking weather service for contradicting Trump Commerce staff drafted statement rebuking weather service for contradicting Trump's hurricane predictions MORE said Democrats will "never" see the tax returns.