WASHINGTON — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she believes the American people want to see President Donald Trump’s tax returns.
“I think overwhelmingly the public wants to see the president’s tax returns,” Pelosi (D-Calif.) said in response to a question at a news conference on Thursday.
She added: “They want to know the truth. They want to know the facts.”
The controversy over Trump’s tax returns dates back to the 2016 presidential campaign, when he decided to break with a 40-year tradition in which candidates made their annual returns public.
Since taking office Trump has rejected requests to make his tax returns public, saying he is not able to do so because he is under audit. The Internal Revenue Service is not allowed to confirm an audit; the agency is prohibited by law from discussing a taxpayer’s finances without a court order.
Democrats have long argued that the public disclosure of Trump’s tax returns might help shed light on any potential business dealings with Russian entities.
Today the House Ways and Means Committee is scheduled to meet to discuss how to proceed on the issue.
Should the committee issue avsubpoena, a lengthy legal battle between Congress and the White House is likely to ensue.
Pelosi was asked why Democrats have been slow to request the president’s tax returns.
“I know that there’s impatience because people want to know…but we have to do it in a very careful way.”