UPDATED 6:26 AM PT — Thursday, April 4, 2019
The fight to obtain the president’s tax returns heats up, with Democrats formally requesting those documents.
House Ways and Means Committee chairman Richard Neal sent a letter to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) commissioner Wednesday, requesting the president’s filings from 2013 to 2018. The committee is also requesting tax returns from eight of the president’s business entities.
In the letter Neal said he’s looking to determine if the IRS’s audits of the president have been conducted “fully and appropriately.”
While speaking to the media Wednesday, the president said he will not comply with the request as those audits are still taking place.
“We’re under audit, despite what people said, and we’re working that out as I’m always under audit it seems,” President Trump explained. “But I’ve been under audit for many years, because the numbers are big and I guess when you have a name, you’re audited…until such time as I’m not under audit I would not be inclined to do that.”
The committee has given the IRS until next Wednesday to hand over the documents.
Meanwhile, the accounting firm in charge of the president’s tax information has said they will only release his financial statements if subpoenaed first.
While speaking to reporters Wednesday, House Oversight chairman Elijah Cummings said Mazars USA will comply with the panel’s request, but only if they can formalize the process through what Cummings called a “friendly subpoena.” He went on to say the committee will have no issue fulfilling the House’s request for information.