Senior House Republican Calls on Pelosi to Stop Forcing the President on Tax Returns

Today, the leading Republican on the influential House Ways and Means Committee Kevin Brady (R-TX), sent a letter to Committee Chairman Richard E. Neal (D-MA) strongly cautioning the Chairman from moving forward with a potential subpoena or lawsuit of six years of President Donald J. Trump’s tax returns.

Rep. Brady wrote to Chairman Neal:

“Such actions would be an abuse of the Committee’s oversight powers and further examples of the Democrat majority’s coordinated attempt to weaponize the tax code and use Congress’s legitimate oversight authority for political gain.”

“It has been made clear that this information is not being sought to further a valid legislative purpose, but instead to try to embarrass a political enemy.  To properly exercise Congressional oversight authority, courts have long held that a valid legislative purpose is required for all congressional investigations.”

“. . . it has become obvious that your supposed legislative purpose is just a pretext, and your request is merely a means to access and make public the tax returns of a single individual for purely political purposes.   This is not a legitimate legislative purpose and therefore, any use of the Committee’s oversight authority in furtherance of such a request would set a dangerous precedent.”

“When Congress violates the rights of one taxpayer for political purposes, it begins the process of eroding the privacy rights of all taxpayers.”

“I urge you to consider carefully before deciding to use important congressional investigative tools for this illegitimate request.”

CLICK HERE to read the letter.



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The Tax Code Should Not be Used Like a Political Weapon

Among the many accusations against former President Richard Nixon, one of the most flagrant concerns was whether the White House used the IRS as a tool to destroy political enemies.  That tactic, which has been universally condemned by all parties and political spectrums, is finding itself in the headlines again.  This time there is concern that Democrat members of Congress are going to try to politicize tax returns in order to harm one of their political opponents, President Trump.

The House Ways and Means Oversight Subcommittee held a hearing yesterday on “Legislative Proposals and Tax Law Related to Presidential and Vice-Presidential Tax Returns.”

Speaking to Neil Cavuto on FOX News’ “Coast to Coast,” Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX), the top Republican on the Ways and Means Committee, called on House Democrats to protect taxpayers’ privacy instead of endeavoring down a partisan path.

“This isn’t about whether or not the President should voluntarily release his tax returns,” the Texas Republican said, “this is about an abuse of power by Congress.”


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Leading Republican Discusses Trump’s Tax Returns, Pre-existing Conditions, Paid Family Leave, and More

Recently Rep. Kevin Brady, the leading Republican on the Powerful House Ways and Means Committee visited with the Price of Business Show and other national media.

In this far reaching interview the Congressman covered President Trump’s tax returns, concerns about pre-existing conditions when it comes to insurance, paid family leave and much more…


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Senior House Republican Shares Treasury Secretary Concern Over the Democrat’s Push for Trump’s Tax Returns

Today, the top Republican on the House Ways and Means Committee Kevin Brady (R-TX) released the following statement after Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin sent a letter to Ways and Means Chairman Richard Neal (D-MA) in response to the Chairman’s 6103 request to obtain six years of the President’s tax returns:

“The Democratic request for the President’s tax returns is unprecedented and sets a dangerous precedent.  The intent of Section 6103 is clear: the tax code must not to be used for political fishing expeditions.  The Treasury Department is right to carefully review the privacy impact this request would have on every taxpayer.”

This is not the first time the Texas Congressman has expressed concern about the Democrats push for these tax returns. On April 4th Brady wrote to Secretary Mnuchin about the Democrat’s efforts:

“Weaponizing our nation’s tax code by targeting political foes sets a dangerous precedent and weakens Americans’ privacy rights. As you know, by law all Americans have a fundamental right to the privacy of the personal information found in their tax returns.”


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