House Democrats’ point man on taxes is advocating a go-slow approach to the battle with President Donald Trump over his tax returns, despite pressure from the left to move quickly.
Rep. Richard Neal (D-Mass.), who will be the new Ways and Means Committee chairman, wants to take some time to try to build a case with the public about why Trump ought to voluntarily release his tax filings, before tapping an obscure law that allows the heads of Congress’ tax committees to examine anyone’s returns.
Pulling the legal trigger may not come until February at the earliest.
“He wants to lay out a case about why presidents should be disclosing their tax returns before he formally forces him to do it,” said Dan Rubin, a Neal spokesperson.
The Massachusetts Democrat hopes to focus public attention on the issue with the first bill House Democrats plan to take up. It includes provisions that would require Trump and future presidential and vice presidential contenders to release their returns. Trump is the first president in more than 40 years to refuse to release details of his tax filings.
Neal’s approach may disappoint some liberals who’ve been salivating at the chance to finally resolve the question of what’s in Trump’s returns, and who’ve…
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