Liberal groups step up pressure on Dems to request Trump's tax returns

Liberal groups step up pressure on Dems to request Trump's tax returns
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Progressive organizations said Tuesday that they are stepping up their efforts to press House Democrats to immediately request President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump says he will 'temporarily hold off' on declaring Mexican drug cartels as terror organization House Judiciary Committee formally receives impeachment report Artist behind gold toilet offered to Trump sells banana duct-taped to a wall for 0,000 MORE's tax returns from the Treasury Department, after some lawmakers suggested that the request would likely be made soon.

Tax March and Stand Up America said that they are hosting a "national day of action" on Tuesday, when constituents will urge Democrats on the House Ways and Means Committee to publicly demand that the panel's chairman, Rep. Richard NealRichard Edmund NealOvernight Health Care: House to vote next week on drug prices bill | Conway says Trump trying to find 'balance' on youth vaping | US spent trillion on hospitals in 2018 Democrats could introduce articles of impeachment next week House to vote next week on sweeping bill to lower drug prices MORE (D-Mass.), immediately ask for Trump's tax returns.

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“Chairman Neal has run out of excuses. He’s had over two years of the Trump presidency to prepare for this moment, and his inaction on Trump’s tax returns is a disservice to the American people,” said Stand Up America President Sean Eldridge said in a statement. 

“From the congressional testimony provided by Michael CohenMichael Dean CohenKaren McDougal sues Fox News over alleged slander Justice Dept releases another round of summaries from Mueller probe Five things to watch for at Trump's NATO meetings MORE to numerous reports of Trump’s dubious tax schemes, it could not be more urgent for Congress and the American people to know the truth about Trump’s financial entanglements and his profiting from the presidency,” Eldridge added.

Tuesday's call-in to Democratic lawmakers comes two weeks after Rep. Bill PascrellWilliam (Bill) James PascrellOn The Money: GDP expanded 2.1 percent in third quarter | Dems want answers on Japan trade deals | Tax, loan documents for Trump Tower reportedly show inconsistencies Democrats demand answers on Trump trade deals with Japan More than 100 Democrats sign letter calling for Stephen Miller to resign MORE (D-N.J.), a senior Ways and Means Committee member, predicted that Neal would send the request to Treasury within a couple of weeks. Pascrell said at the time that the timeline was his personal prediction.

Neal has said that he plans to request Trump's tax filings, but is moving methodically on the issue because he thinks the matter is likely to result in a lengthy court case. He has said that he will make the request "when the case is ready."

A provision in the Internal Revenue Code gives Neal the authority to ask for anyone's tax returns from Treasury, provided the Ways and Means Committee reviews them in a closed session. The panel could then vote to send a report to the full House, which could make some or all of the return information public.

Progressive groups have been frustrated with the pace at which Neal is moving on requesting the returns. Earlier this year, groups sent Neal a template for the letter that he could send to Treasury requesting the documents. They've also hosted previous call-ins.

“Chairman Neal has the power and responsibility to swiftly make this request—and these continued delays are indefensible,” said Tax March Executive Director Maura Quint said.