Former President Donald Trump’s week may have become even more troubling as House Democrats voted to publicly release his tax records a day after being referred for criminal charges related to the Jan. 6 Capitol attack.
The House Ways and Means Committee, which remains in Democratic hands until Republicans take control of the House next month, voted Tuesday 24-16 party lines to release the former president’s tax returns for years. The records were the subject of a lengthy legal battle that ended late last month when the Supreme Court decided to release the tax returns to Congress.
In a statement received from news week Shortly after the committee vote, Trump spokesman Steven Cheung warned that the “injustice” of the forthcoming release of records posed a threat to “all Americans.” Cheung demanded that Democrats instead release the tax records of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her “crazy husband Paul,” who is currently recovering from an attack by a hammer-wielding intruder in October.
“This unprecedented leak by the Lameduck Democrats is evidence that they are playing a political game that they are losing,” Cheung said. “If you’re so keen on releasing President Trump’s tax returns – which show that he has built a very successful business and created numerous lucrative assets throughout his career – they should be releasing the tax returns of Nancy Pelosi and her insane husband Paul , to see how much dirty money they made selling America and endangering our national security.”
“Alongside their insider trading and shady stock deals, Congress needs to legitimately investigate their self-serving financial scams,” he continued. “If this injustice can happen to President Trump, it can happen to all Americans for no reason.”
news week has reached out to Pelosi’s office for comment.
Democrats celebrated the decision to release the records. Representative Bill Pascrell, Jr., a member of the Ways and Means Committee, last week said that he had been chasing Trump’s taxes “like Captain Ahab for six years,” argued that the forthcoming release was a “triumph” that proved the former president was not “above the law.”
“After six years of urging, I just voted to release Donald Trump’s tax returns,” Pascrell said tweeted. “That is greater than a corrupt man. This is a triumph for the idea that no one is above the law.”
“Donald Trump had big deductions, big loans and big losses – but rarely a big tax bill.” tweeted Representative Lloyd Doggett, who is also a member of the committee. “Almost five years since I first requested Trump’s tax returns, some of them will soon be public.”
“Every president has released their tax returns except one: Donald Trump,” tweeted Rep. Jerrold Nadler, outgoing chairman of the House Judiciary Committee. “We will soon find out what he is hiding and why he will not share it with the American people.”
Trump’s tax returns are released in a redacted format that omits personal information like social security numbers and banking information. The exact date of publication is unclear.
Ways and Means Committee chair Richard Neal said the records show Trump was not scrutinized by the IRS for the first two years of his presidency.
On Monday, the House Committee on January 6 recommended that the Justice Department criminally indict the former president for his January 6 activities.
Charges proposed by the panel include conspiracy to defraud the United States and inciting a riot, which could result in Trump being barred from ever holding federal office again.
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