Democrats are planning to demand President Donald Trump’s tax returns in roughly two weeks — and are going to use a little-known law to do so.
“We’re almost ready to go,” said Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-NJ), an “outspoken” proponent of using an “arcane” law to get the president’s tax returns, told Politico Tuesday afternoon.
As Politico PRO editor Marty Kady noted, “this is going to escalate very quickly.”
Democrats now have a real timeline for demanding Trump's taxes. This is going to escalate very quickly. https://t.co/9LC58lxkHK
— Marty Kady (@mkady) March 5, 2019
A HuffPost report from the end of February explained the law Pascrell has proposed using to get the president’s tax returns.
“Federal law says the chairs of certain committees, including Ways and Means, can ask for copies of any taxpayer’s returns and that the treasury secretary ‘shall furnish such committee with any return or return information’ specified in the request,” the report noted. “The law dates to the 1920s and is designed to be a way for Congress to check corruption in the executive branch.”
At the time, the New Jersey Democrat was quoted saying he was tired of waiting for the committee to pull the trigger.
“All it takes is writing a letter, putting a stamp on it,” Pascrell said. “I’ll deliver it myself. I volunteer.”