Ways And Means Chair Directs IRS To Turn Over Donald Trump Tax Returns | Rachel Maddow | MSNBC

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    >>> JUST IN THE PAST FEW MONTHS,
    >>> JUST IN THE PAST FEW MONTHS, JUST SINCE DEMOCRATS TOOK OVER
    JUST SINCE DEMOCRATS TOOK OVER THE HOUSE, A WHOLE BUNCH OF
    THE HOUSE, A WHOLE BUNCH OF STUFF HAS STARTED BEING PRIED
    STUFF HAS STARTED BEING PRIED OPEN WHEN IT COMES TO THE
    OPEN WHEN IT COMES TO THE PRESIDENT'S FINANCES.
    PRESIDENT'S FINANCES. THE PRESIDENT'S LONG-TIME LAWYER
    THE PRESIDENT'S LONG-TIME LAWYER MICHAEL COHEN TESTIFIED PUBLICLY
    MICHAEL COHEN TESTIFIED PUBLICLY TO CONGRESS EARLIER THIS YEAR
    TO CONGRESS EARLIER THIS YEAR THAT AMONG OTHER THINGS, TRUMP
    THAT AMONG OTHER THINGS, TRUMP HAD COMMITTED INSURANCE FRAUD AT
    HAD COMMITTED INSURANCE FRAUD AT HIS NEW YORK BUSINESS.
    HIS NEW YORK BUSINESS. THAT LED TO AEON, TRUMP'S
    THAT LED TO AEON, TRUMP'S INSURANCE BROKER, A GIANT FIRM,
    INSURANCE BROKER, A GIANT FIRM, SUBSEQUENTLY BEING SUBPOENAED BY
    SUBSEQUENTLY BEING SUBPOENAED BY THE NEW YORK DEPARTMENT OF
    THE NEW YORK DEPARTMENT OF FINANCIAL SERVICE.
    FINANCIAL SERVICE. AND AN ENTITY LIKE THAT HAS A
    AND AN ENTITY LIKE THAT HAS A NAME THAT SOUNDS ALMOST QUAINT
    NAME THAT SOUNDS ALMOST QUAINT LIKE OH, THEY PROVIDE SERVICES.
    LIKE OH, THEY PROVIDE SERVICES. ACTUALLY, THEY ARE A LAW
    ACTUALLY, THEY ARE A LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCY THAT HAS AN
    ENFORCEMENT AGENCY THAT HAS AN INCREDIBLE AND CINEMATIC HISTORY
    INCREDIBLE AND CINEMATIC HISTORY OF BUSTING PEOPLE UP TO AND
    OF BUSTING PEOPLE UP TO AND INCLUDING MAJOR MAFIA FAMILIES
    INCLUDING MAJOR MAFIA FAMILIES BASED ON FINANCIAL CRIMES AND
    BASED ON FINANCIAL CRIMES AND FRAUD.
    FRAUD. COHEN ALSO TESTIFIED THAT TRUMP
    COHEN ALSO TESTIFIED THAT TRUMP INFLATE HIS ASSETS NOT JUST TO
    INFLATE HIS ASSETS NOT JUST TO COMMIT INSURANCE FRAUD, BUT ALSO
    COMMIT INSURANCE FRAUD, BUT ALSO TO APPLY FOR BANK LOANS, WHICH
    TO APPLY FOR BANK LOANS, WHICH IF TRUE WOULD CUTE BANK FRAUD
    IF TRUE WOULD CUTE BANK FRAUD THAT LED TO DEUTSCHE BANK
    THAT LED TO DEUTSCHE BANK SUBSEQUENTLY BEING SUBPOENAED BY
    SUBSEQUENTLY BEING SUBPOENAED BY THE NEW YORK ATTORNEY GENERAL'S
    THE NEW YORK ATTORNEY GENERAL'S OFFICE, SPECIFICALLY ON THE
    OFFICE, SPECIFICALLY ON THE ISSUE OF THAT BANK'S LARGE LOANS
    ISSUE OF THAT BANK'S LARGE LOANS TO TRUMP.
    TO TRUMP. DEUTSCHE BANK HAS ALSO BEEN
    DEUTSCHE BANK HAS ALSO BEEN REPORTEDLY COOPERATING WITH
    REPORTEDLY COOPERATING WITH REQUEST FOR DOCUMENTS FROM THE
    REQUEST FOR DOCUMENTS FROM THE HOUSE FINANCIAL SERVICES
    HOUSE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE AND FROM THE HOUSE
    COMMITTEE AND FROM THE HOUSE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE.
    INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE. NOW TODAY, ELIJAH CUMMINGS,
    NOW TODAY, ELIJAH CUMMINGS, CHAIR OF THE OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE
    CHAIR OF THE OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE SAYS THAT TRUMP'S ACCOUNTING
    SAYS THAT TRUMP'S ACCOUNTING FIRM HAS ALSO AGREED TO HAND
    FIRM HAS ALSO AGREED TO HAND OVER YEARS WORTH OF FINANCIAL
    OVER YEARS WORTH OF FINANCIAL DOCUMENTS FROM THEIR TIME
    DOCUMENTS FROM THEIR TIME WORKING WITH TRUMP.
    WORKING WITH TRUMP. INTERESTINGLY, THOUGH, MAZAR'S
    INTERESTINGLY, THOUGH, MAZAR'S ALERTED CONGRESS THAT THEY WOULD
    ALERTED CONGRESS THAT THEY WOULD PLEASE LIKE A SUBPOENA IF THEY
    PLEASE LIKE A SUBPOENA IF THEY REALLY WANTED TO SEE THIS
    REALLY WANTED TO SEE THIS INFORMATION SO THAT IT'S CLEAR
    INFORMATION SO THAT IT'S CLEAR THAT THEY LEGALLY HAD NO CHOICE
    THAT THEY LEGALLY HAD NO CHOICE BUT TO HAND OVER THESE DOCUMENT.
    BUT TO HAND OVER THESE DOCUMENT. S ABOUT THEIR WORK WITH TRUMP.
    S ABOUT THEIR WORK WITH TRUMP. CONGRESSMAN CUMMINGS TODAY TOLD
    CONGRESSMAN CUMMINGS TODAY TOLD REPORTERS THAT HE WOULD BE HAPPY
    REPORTERS THAT HE WOULD BE HAPPY TO OBLIGE.
    TO OBLIGE. >> TELL US THE DAY.
    >> TELL US THE DAY. WE'LL PROVIDE THE INFORMATION
    WE'LL PROVIDE THE INFORMATION WHEN THEY -- PRETTY MUCH WHEN
    WHEN THEY -- PRETTY MUCH WHEN THEY HAVE A SUBPOENA.
    THEY HAVE A SUBPOENA. AND WE'LL GET THEM SUBPOENAED.
    AND WE'LL GET THEM SUBPOENAED. >> WE'LL GET THEM A SUBPOENA, NO
    >> WE'LL GET THEM A SUBPOENA, NO PROBLEM.
    PROBLEM. ASK AND YE SHALL RECEIVE.
    ASK AND YE SHALL RECEIVE. SO IT'S ONLY, YOU KNOW, EARLY
    SO IT'S ONLY, YOU KNOW, EARLY SPRING, AND THE PRESIDENT'S
    SPRING, AND THE PRESIDENT'S FINANCIAL WORLD IS OPENING LIKE
    FINANCIAL WORLD IS OPENING LIKE A CROCUS POKING ITS NOSE THROUGH
    A CROCUS POKING ITS NOSE THROUGH THE SNOW.
    THE SNOW. BUT NOW TONIGHT THERE IS THIS.
    BUT NOW TONIGHT THERE IS THIS. DEMOCRATS TONIGHT STARTING TO
    DEMOCRATS TONIGHT STARTING TO TACKLE THE ORIGINAL OPEN
    TACKLE THE ORIGINAL OPEN QUESTION ABOUT THE PRESIDENT'S
    QUESTION ABOUT THE PRESIDENT'S FINANCE, HIS TAX RETURNS.
    FINANCE, HIS TAX RETURNS. I MEAN TRUMP NEVER RELEASING HIS
    I MEAN TRUMP NEVER RELEASING HIS TAX RETURNS IS SOMETHING WE'VE
    TAX RETURNS IS SOMETHING WE'VE GOTTEN USED TO ABOUT HIM.
    GOTTEN USED TO ABOUT HIM. IT DOESN'T MEAN NOW IT'S NOW
    IT DOESN'T MEAN NOW IT'S NOW NORMAL.
    NORMAL. IT IS STILL AN ABSOLUTELY
    IT IS STILL AN ABSOLUTELY UNPRECEDENT AND ABNORMAL THING.
    UNPRECEDENT AND ABNORMAL THING. TRUMP REMAINS NOT JUST THE FIRST
    TRUMP REMAINS NOT JUST THE FIRST PRESIDENT, BUT THE FIRST MAJOR
    PRESIDENT, BUT THE FIRST MAJOR PARTY PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE TO
    PARTY PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE TO NOT RELEASE HIS TAX RETURNS IN
    NOT RELEASE HIS TAX RETURNS IN DECADES.
    DECADES. AND THE REASON HE'S CONSISTENTLY
    AND THE REASON HE'S CONSISTENTLY GIVEN OVER AND OVER AGAIN FOR
    GIVEN OVER AND OVER AGAIN FOR THE REASON HE'S NOT RELEASING
    THE REASON HE'S NOT RELEASING HIS TAX RETURNS IS THAT THE
    HIS TAX RETURNS IS THAT THE RETURNS ARE UNDER AUDIT, AND
    RETURNS ARE UNDER AUDIT, AND THEREFORE HE CAN'T RELEASE THEM.
    THEREFORE HE CAN'T RELEASE THEM. LOVE TO, BUT HE CAN'T.
    LOVE TO, BUT HE CAN'T. THAT CLAIM HAS NEVER MADE ANY
    THAT CLAIM HAS NEVER MADE ANY SENSE AT ALL.
    SENSE AT ALL. NOTHING ABOUT BEING UNDER AUDIT
    NOTHING ABOUT BEING UNDER AUDIT WOULD PREVENT YOU FROM RELEASING
    WOULD PREVENT YOU FROM RELEASING YOUR TAX RETURNS.
    YOUR TAX RETURNS. BUT NOW TONIGHT DEMOCRATS APPEAR
    BUT NOW TONIGHT DEMOCRATS APPEAR TO BE THROWING THE HARPOON AND
    TO BE THROWING THE HARPOON AND GOING FOR THIS WHITE WHALE.
    GOING FOR THIS WHITE WHALE. FROM HOUSE WAYS AND MEANS CHAIR
    FROM HOUSE WAYS AND MEANS CHAIR RICHIE NEAL TO CHARLES REDICK
    RICHIE NEAL TO CHARLES REDICK TONIGHT, QUOTE, DEAR
    TONIGHT, QUOTE, DEAR COMMISSIONER REDICK, WITH THIS
    COMMISSIONER REDICK, WITH THIS AUTHORITY COMES A RESPONSIBILITY
    AUTHORITY COMES A RESPONSIBILITY TO ENSURE THAT THE IRS IS
    TO ENSURE THAT THE IRS IS ENFORCING THE LAWS IN A FAIR AND
    ENFORCING THE LAWS IN A FAIR AND IMPARTIAL MANNER.
    IMPARTIAL MANNER. CHAIRMAN NEAL GOES ON THE
    CHAIRMAN NEAL GOES ON THE EXPLAIN THAT THE IRS IS REQUIRED
    EXPLAIN THAT THE IRS IS REQUIRED TO EXAMINE THE TAX RETURNS OF
    TO EXAMINE THE TAX RETURNS OF EVERY PRESIDENT.
    EVERY PRESIDENT. HE SAYS HIS COMMITTEE IN
    HE SAYS HIS COMMITTEE IN CONGRESS HAS A DUTY TO MAKE SURE
    CONGRESS HAS A DUTY TO MAKE SURE THE IRS IS PERFORMING THAT
    THE IRS IS PERFORMING THAT EXAMINATION PROPERLY.
    EXAMINATION PROPERLY. QUOTE, PURSUANT TO MY AUTHORITY
    QUOTE, PURSUANT TO MY AUTHORITY UNDER IRS CODE SECTION 6103F.
    UNDER IRS CODE SECTION 6103F. FOR EACH OF THE TAX YEARS 2013
    FOR EACH OF THE TAX YEARS 2013 THROUGH 2018, I HEREBY REQUEST
    THROUGH 2018, I HEREBY REQUEST THE FOLLOWING RETURN AND RETURN
    THE FOLLOWING RETURN AND RETURN INFORMATION.
    INFORMATION. NUMBER ONE, THE FEDERAL
    NUMBER ONE, THE FEDERAL INDIVIDUAL INCOME TAX RETURNS OF
    INDIVIDUAL INCOME TAX RETURNS OF DONALD J. TRUMP AND THE FEDERAL
    DONALD J. TRUMP AND THE FEDERAL INCOME TAX RETURNS OF THE
    INCOME TAX RETURNS OF THE FOLLOWING ENTITIES.
    FOLLOWING ENTITIES. AND THEN THERE ARE EIGHT TRUMP
    AND THEN THERE ARE EIGHT TRUMP BUSINESS ENTITIES LISTED THERE.
    BUSINESS ENTITIES LISTED THERE. THOSE BUSINESSES ACCORDING TO
    THOSE BUSINESSES ACCORDING TO THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE,
    THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE, QUOTE, CONTROL HUNDREDS OF OTHER
    QUOTE, CONTROL HUNDREDS OF OTHER BUSINESS ENTITIES ASSOCIATED
    BUSINESS ENTITIES ASSOCIATED WITH TRUMP.
    WITH TRUMP. NOW THE AUTHORITY THAT CHAIRMAN
    NOW THE AUTHORITY THAT CHAIRMAN NEAL IS REFERRING TO HERE, THIS
    NEAL IS REFERRING TO HERE, THIS TAX CODE -- PORTION OF THE TAX
    TAX CODE -- PORTION OF THE TAX CODE THAT ALLOWS HIM TO REQUEST
    CODE THAT ALLOWS HIM TO REQUEST ANY TAX RETURN IN THE COUNTRY,
    ANY TAX RETURN IN THE COUNTRY, UP TO AND INCLUDING THE
    UP TO AND INCLUDING THE PRESIDENT'S, THAT SECTION OF THE
    PRESIDENT'S, THAT SECTION OF THE TAX CODE, THE AUTHORITY UNDER
    TAX CODE, THE AUTHORITY UNDER WHICH HE IS MAKING THIS DEMAND
    WHICH HE IS MAKING THIS DEMAND TO SEE TRUMP'S TAXES, THAT
    TO SEE TRUMP'S TAXES, THAT SECTION OF THE TAX CODE ACTUALLY
    SECTION OF THE TAX CODE ACTUALLY ORIGINATED FROM A WHITE HOUSE
    ORIGINATED FROM A WHITE HOUSE SCANDAL.
    SCANDAL. YOU REMEMBER FROM HIGH SCHOOL
    YOU REMEMBER FROM HIGH SCHOOL HISTORY THE NAME THE TEAPOT
    HISTORY THE NAME THE TEAPOT DOME, RIGHT?
    DOME, RIGHT? THE TEAPOT DOME SCANDAL.
    THE TEAPOT DOME SCANDAL. I KNOW YOU REMEMBER THAT PHRASE,
    I KNOW YOU REMEMBER THAT PHRASE, EVEN THOUGH YOU DON'T REMEMBER
    EVEN THOUGH YOU DON'T REMEMBER WHAT IT WAS.
    WHAT IT WAS. YOU DON'T NEED TO REMEMBER EVERY
    YOU DON'T NEED TO REMEMBER EVERY DETAIL OF THE TEAPOT DOME
    DETAIL OF THE TEAPOT DOME SCANDAL.
    SCANDAL. BASICALLY, IT WAS A BRIBERY
    BASICALLY, IT WAS A BRIBERY SCANDAL.
    SCANDAL. IT HAPPENED IN THE EARLY 1920s.
    IT HAPPENED IN THE EARLY 1920s. THE IMPORTANT PART FOR US TODAY
    THE IMPORTANT PART FOR US TODAY IS THAT THE PRESIDENT HIMSELF AT
    IS THAT THE PRESIDENT HIMSELF AT THE TIME WAS POTENTIALLY
    THE TIME WAS POTENTIALLY IMPLICATED IN THAT BRIBERY
    IMPLICATED IN THAT BRIBERY SCANDAL, AND THAT CREATED A
    SCANDAL, AND THAT CREATED A PROBLEM FOR INVESTIGATORS,
    PROBLEM FOR INVESTIGATORS, BECAUSE AT THE TIME, ONLY THE
    BECAUSE AT THE TIME, ONLY THE PRESIDENT HIMSELF HAD THE POWER
    PRESIDENT HIMSELF HAD THE POWER TO REQUEST SOMEONE'S TAX RETURN.
    TO REQUEST SOMEONE'S TAX RETURN. SO HOW WAS CONGRESS SUPPOSED TO
    SO HOW WAS CONGRESS SUPPOSED TO PERFORM PROPER OVERSIGHT AND
    PERFORM PROPER OVERSIGHT AND INVESTIGATION INTO THIS
    INVESTIGATION INTO THIS EXECUTIVE BRANCH BRIBERY SCANDAL
    EXECUTIVE BRANCH BRIBERY SCANDAL IF THEY HAD NO POWER TO FOLLOW
    IF THEY HAD NO POWER TO FOLLOW THE MONEY WHEN IT CAME TO
    THE MONEY WHEN IT CAME TO ADMINISTRATION OFFICIALS,
    ADMINISTRATION OFFICIALS, INCLUDING THE PRESIDENT HIMSELF.
    INCLUDING THE PRESIDENT HIMSELF. SO CONGRESS NEEDS THE ABILITY
    SO CONGRESS NEEDS THE ABILITY NOT JUST THE PRESIDENT.
    NOT JUST THE PRESIDENT. CONGRESS NEEDS THE ABILITY TO
    CONGRESS NEEDS THE ABILITY TO REQUEST TO SEE, TO DEMAND TO SEE
    REQUEST TO SEE, TO DEMAND TO SEE INDIVIDUAL TAX RETURNS, UP TO
    INDIVIDUAL TAX RETURNS, UP TO AND INCLUDING THE PRESIDENT'S
    AND INCLUDING THE PRESIDENT'S TAX RETURNS.
    TAX RETURNS. THERE WAS ALSO ANOTHER IMPETUS
    THERE WAS ALSO ANOTHER IMPETUS AT THE TIME INTERESTINGLY.
    AT THE TIME INTERESTINGLY. THE GUY WHO HAD JUST BECOME
    THE GUY WHO HAD JUST BECOME TREASURY SECRETARY AT THE TIME
    TREASURY SECRETARY AT THE TIME OF THE TEAPOT DOME SCANDAL, HE
    OF THE TEAPOT DOME SCANDAL, HE HAPPENED TO BE A VERY, VERY,
    HAPPENED TO BE A VERY, VERY, VERY, VERY, VERY RICH GUY.
    VERY, VERY, VERY RICH GUY. HE DID NOT DIVEST FROM HIS OWN
    HE DID NOT DIVEST FROM HIS OWN BUSINESSES WHEN HE JOINED THE
    BUSINESSES WHEN HE JOINED THE GOVERNMENT AS TREASURY
    GOVERNMENT AS TREASURY SECRETARY.
    SECRETARY. STOP ME WHEN THIS STARTS TO
    STOP ME WHEN THIS STARTS TO SOUND FAMILIAR.
    SOUND FAMILIAR. CONGRESS SAID AT THE TIME WE
    CONGRESS SAID AT THE TIME WE HAVE TO BE ABLE TO MAKE SURE
    HAVE TO BE ABLE TO MAKE SURE THAT THIS GUY AS TREASURY
    THAT THIS GUY AS TREASURY SECRETARY IS NOT MAKING TAX
    SECRETARY IS NOT MAKING TAX POLICY OR OTHER FEDERAL POLICY
    POLICY OR OTHER FEDERAL POLICY IN ORDER TO BENEFIT HIS OWN
    IN ORDER TO BENEFIT HIS OWN BUSINESS INTERESTS.
    BUSINESS INTERESTS. WE NEED TO SEE HIS TAX RETURNS
    WE NEED TO SEE HIS TAX RETURNS TOO.
    TOO. AND SINCE HE'S THE PRESIDENT'S
    AND SINCE HE'S THE PRESIDENT'S CABINET OFFICIAL, THE PRESIDENT
    CABINET OFFICIAL, THE PRESIDENT ISN'T GOING TO DO IT.
    ISN'T GOING TO DO IT. THERE IS A CONFLICT OF INTEREST
    THERE IS A CONFLICT OF INTEREST THERE BOTH FOR THE PRESIDENT
    THERE BOTH FOR THE PRESIDENT HIMSELF AND FOR ANYBODY HE WANTS
    HIMSELF AND FOR ANYBODY HE WANTS TO PROTECT.
    TO PROTECT. CONGRESS NEEDS TO BE ABLE TO GET
    CONGRESS NEEDS TO BE ABLE TO GET RETURNS AS WELL.
    RETURNS AS WELL. FOR THOSE -- FOR THOSE REASONS,
    FOR THOSE -- FOR THOSE REASONS, CONGRESS IN 1924 PASSED A LOSS
    CONGRESS IN 1924 PASSED A LOSS THAT EXPLICITLY CLEARLY ALLOWS
    THAT EXPLICITLY CLEARLY ALLOWS THE CHAIRMAN OF THE HOUSE WAYS
    THE CHAIRMAN OF THE HOUSE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE AND THE
    AND MEANS COMMITTEE AND THE CHAIR OF THE SENATE FINANCE
    CHAIR OF THE SENATE FINANCE COMMITTEE, THOSE TWO SPECIFIC
    COMMITTEE, THOSE TWO SPECIFIC PEOPLE TO REQUEST AND RECEIVE
    PEOPLE TO REQUEST AND RECEIVE ANY AMERICAN'S TAX RETURNS IN
    ANY AMERICAN'S TAX RETURNS IN ORDER TO PERFORM CONGRESSIONAL
    ORDER TO PERFORM CONGRESSIONAL OVERSIGHT.
    OVERSIGHT. THAT LAW ENDED UP COMING IN
    THAT LAW ENDED UP COMING IN HANDY A HALF CENTURY LATER WHEN
    HANDY A HALF CENTURY LATER WHEN CONGRESS NEEDED TO LOOK AT
    CONGRESS NEEDED TO LOOK AT PRESIDENT NIXON'S TAX RETURNS,
    PRESIDENT NIXON'S TAX RETURNS, ONLY TO DISCOVER HE HAD FAILED
    ONLY TO DISCOVER HE HAD FAILED TO PAY HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF
    TO PAY HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS IN TAXES.
    DOLLARS IN TAXES. THAT'S HOW WE GET THE MODERN
    THAT'S HOW WE GET THE MODERN TRADITION OF PRESIDENTS AND
    TRADITION OF PRESIDENTS AND PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES
    PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES RELEASING THEIR TAX RETURNS,
    RELEASING THEIR TAX RETURNS, BECAUSE OF WHAT CONGRESS FOUND
    BECAUSE OF WHAT CONGRESS FOUND IN NIXON'S TAXES WHEN THEY PRIED
    IN NIXON'S TAXES WHEN THEY PRIED THEM LOOSE AND TOOK A LOOK.
    THEM LOOSE AND TOOK A LOOK. AND NOW CONGRESSMAN RICHIE NEAL
    AND NOW CONGRESSMAN RICHIE NEAL IS MAKING THIS REQUEST UNDER
    IS MAKING THIS REQUEST UNDER THIS NEARLY CENTURY OLD LAW, AND
    THIS NEARLY CENTURY OLD LAW, AND HE IS MAKING CLEAR THAT HE
    HE IS MAKING CLEAR THAT HE EXPECTS TO GET WHAT HE IS ASKING
    EXPECTS TO GET WHAT HE IS ASKING FOR.
    FOR. HE MAKES CLEAR, FOR INSTANCE,
    HE MAKES CLEAR, FOR INSTANCE, THAT THIS LETTER TODAY IS NOT A
    THAT THIS LETTER TODAY IS NOT A SUBPOENA BECAUSE HE DOESN'T NEED
    SUBPOENA BECAUSE HE DOESN'T NEED A SUBPOENA.
    A SUBPOENA. QUOTE, CHAIRMAN NEAL IS
    QUOTE, CHAIRMAN NEAL IS EXPLICITLY AUTHORIZED TO RECEIVE
    EXPLICITLY AUTHORIZED TO RECEIVE TAX RETURNS UNDER THIS STATUTE.
    TAX RETURNS UNDER THIS STATUTE. QUOTE, THE COMMITTEE HAS USED
    QUOTE, THE COMMITTEE HAS USED THIS PROVISION TO REQUEST TAX
    THIS PROVISION TO REQUEST TAX RETURNS AS PART OF ITS PREVIOUS
    RETURNS AS PART OF ITS PREVIOUS INVESTIGATIONS.
    INVESTIGATIONS. THIS PROVISION IS NOT OBSCURE.
    THIS PROVISION IS NOT OBSCURE. PRESIDENT NIXON, PRESIDENT FORD
    PRESIDENT NIXON, PRESIDENT FORD AND VICE PRESIDENT ROCKEFELLER
    AND VICE PRESIDENT ROCKEFELLER ALL WERE SUBJECT TO
    ALL WERE SUBJECT TO CONGRESSIONAL INQUIRY OF THEIR
    CONGRESSIONAL INQUIRY OF THEIR TAX RETURNS.
    TAX RETURNS. NEAL ALSO MAKES CLEAR WHY HE IS
    NEAL ALSO MAKES CLEAR WHY HE IS ASKING FOR THESE RETURNS.
    ASKING FOR THESE RETURNS. QUOTE, THE COMMITTEE IS
    QUOTE, THE COMMITTEE IS CONCERNED ABOUT THE PRESIDENT'S
    CONCERNED ABOUT THE PRESIDENT'S COMPLIANCE WITH FEDERAL TAX
    COMPLIANCE WITH FEDERAL TAX LAWS.
    LAWS. HE'S ALSO CALLING THE QUESTION
    HE'S ALSO CALLING THE QUESTION OF WHETHER OR NOT TRUMP WAS EVER
    OF WHETHER OR NOT TRUMP WAS EVER REALLY UNDER AUDIT AT ALL, WHICH
    REALLY UNDER AUDIT AT ALL, WHICH HAS BEEN TRUMP'S EXCUSE FOR NOT
    HAS BEEN TRUMP'S EXCUSE FOR NOT RELEASING HIS TAXES.
    RELEASING HIS TAXES. THAT WAS ALWAYS AN EXCUSE THAT
    THAT WAS ALWAYS AN EXCUSE THAT NEVER MADE SENSE ANYWAY.
    NEVER MADE SENSE ANYWAY. BUT OF COURSE IT'S ALSO POSSIBLE
    BUT OF COURSE IT'S ALSO POSSIBLE THAT WAS NEVER -- THAT IT WAS
    THAT WAS NEVER -- THAT IT WAS NEVER EVEN TRUE IN THE FIRST
    NEVER EVEN TRUE IN THE FIRST PLACE.
    PLACE. AND IN RELEASING THIS REQUEST
    AND IN RELEASING THIS REQUEST TONIGHT, RICHIE NEAL ALSO PUT
    TONIGHT, RICHIE NEAL ALSO PUT OUT THIS ESSENTIALLY IMPASSIONED
    OUT THIS ESSENTIALLY IMPASSIONED PLEA THAT WHAT HE IS DOING HERE
    PLEA THAT WHAT HE IS DOING HERE IS NOT RASH AND IT'S NOT PLAYING
    IS NOT RASH AND IT'S NOT PLAYING POLITICS AND IT'S NOT FOR SOME
    POLITICS AND IT'S NOT FOR SOME ULTERIOR MOTIVE THAT YOU CAN'T
    ULTERIOR MOTIVE THAT YOU CAN'T SEE.
    SEE. THIS IS INTERESTING.
    THIS IS INTERESTING. HE SAYS, QUOTE, I TAKE THE
    HE SAYS, QUOTE, I TAKE THE AUTHORITY TO MAKE THIS REQUEST
    AUTHORITY TO MAKE THIS REQUEST VERY SERIOUSLY, AND I APPROACH
    VERY SERIOUSLY, AND I APPROACH IT WITH THE UTMOST CARE AND
    IT WITH THE UTMOST CARE AND RESPECT.
    RESPECT. THIS REQUEST IS ABOUT POLICY,
    THIS REQUEST IS ABOUT POLICY, NOT POLITICS.
    NOT POLITICS. MY PREPARATIONS WERE MADE ON MY
    MY PREPARATIONS WERE MADE ON MY OWN TRACK AND TIMELINE, ENTIRELY
    OWN TRACK AND TIMELINE, ENTIRELY INDEPENDENT OF OTHER ACTIVITIES
    INDEPENDENT OF OTHER ACTIVITIES IN CONGRESS AND THE
    IN CONGRESS AND THE ADMINISTRATION.
    ADMINISTRATION. MY ACTIONS REFLECT AN ABIDING
    MY ACTIONS REFLECT AN ABIDING REFERENCE FOR OUR DEMOCRACY AND
    REFERENCE FOR OUR DEMOCRACY AND OUR INSTITUTIONS AND ARE IN NO
    OUR INSTITUTIONS AND ARE IN NO WAY BASED ON EMOTION OF THE
    WAY BASED ON EMOTION OF THE MOMENT OR PARTISANSHIP.
    MOMENT OR PARTISANSHIP. I TRUST THAT IN THIS SPIRIT, THE
    I TRUST THAT IN THIS SPIRIT, THE IRS WILL COMPLY WITH FEDERAL LAW
    IRS WILL COMPLY WITH FEDERAL LAW AND FURNISH ME WITH THE
    AND FURNISH ME WITH THE REQUESTED DOCUMENTS IN A TIMELY
    REQUESTED DOCUMENTS IN A TIMELY MANNER.
    MANNER. I WILL ALSO JUST NOTE, AND THIS
    I WILL ALSO JUST NOTE, AND THIS IS A LITTLE BIT OF A SORT OF
    IS A LITTLE BIT OF A SORT OF MAYBE INSIDE THE NEWS BUSINESS
    MAYBE INSIDE THE NEWS BUSINESS PEEK AT THIS, BUT CONGRESSMAN
    PEEK AT THIS, BUT CONGRESSMAN RICHIE NEAL OF MASSACHUSETTS,
    RICHIE NEAL OF MASSACHUSETTS, CHAIRMAN OF WAYS AND MEANS,
    CHAIRMAN OF WAYS AND MEANS, HAVING RELEASED THIS LETTER
    HAVING RELEASED THIS LETTER TONIGHT, HAVING TOLD THE IRS
    TONIGHT, HAVING TOLD THE IRS THAT THEY NEED TO HAND OVER
    THAT THEY NEED TO HAND OVER THESE TAX RETURNS, HE IS
    THESE TAX RETURNS, HE IS REFUSING ALL INTERVIEWS ON THIS
    REFUSING ALL INTERVIEWS ON THIS SUBJECT, AND HE HAS BEEN FROM
    SUBJECT, AND HE HAS BEEN FROM THE VERY BEGINNING, WHICH ITSELF
    THE VERY BEGINNING, WHICH ITSELF IS AN INTERESTING PART OF THIS
    IS AN INTERESTING PART OF THIS DYNAMIC HERE.
    DYNAMIC HERE. I MEAN, OTHER CHAIRS WHO HAVE
    I MEAN, OTHER CHAIRS WHO HAVE BEEN GOING AFTER TRUMP'S
    BEEN GOING AFTER TRUMP'S FINANCIAL INFORMATION, THEY HAVE
    FINANCIAL INFORMATION, THEY HAVE MADE VERY MUCH A PUBLIC CASE,
    MADE VERY MUCH A PUBLIC CASE, AND IN MANY CASES A TELEVISED
    AND IN MANY CASES A TELEVISED CASE AS TO WHY THEY'RE DOING
    CASE AS TO WHY THEY'RE DOING WHAT THEY'RE DOING AND WHY IN
    WHAT THEY'RE DOING AND WHY IN PARTICULAR THEY'RE DOING THE
    PARTICULAR THEY'RE DOING THE MOST CONTROVERSIAL AND
    MOST CONTROVERSIAL AND CONFRONTATIONAL THINGS THEY'RE
    CONFRONTATIONAL THINGS THEY'RE DOING WHEN IT COMES TO
    DOING WHEN IT COMES TO INVESTIGATING AND OVERSEEING
    INVESTIGATING AND OVERSEEING PRESIDENT TRUMP.
    PRESIDENT TRUMP. CONGRESSMAN RICHIE NEAL IN WAYS
    CONGRESSMAN RICHIE NEAL IN WAYS AND MEANS IS TAKING ABSOLUTELY
    AND MEANS IS TAKING ABSOLUTELY THE OPPOSITE APPROACH.
    THE OPPOSITE APPROACH. THERE IS A REASON YOU HAVE NOT
    THERE IS A REASON YOU HAVE NOT SEEN HIM ON TV TALKING ABOUT
    SEEN HIM ON TV TALKING ABOUT THIS.
    THIS. BUT THIS IS ALSO GOING TO BE
    BUT THIS IS ALSO GOING TO BE FRAUGHT, RIGHT?
    FRAUGHT, RIGHT? HERE HE IS TRYING TO GET THE TAX
    HERE HE IS TRYING TO GET THE TAX RETURNS OF THE FIRST PRESIDENT
    RETURNS OF THE FIRST PRESIDENT IN DECADES, THE FIRST
    IN DECADES, THE FIRST PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE IN
    PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE IN DECADES WHO DECIDE ON HIS OWN
    DECADES WHO DECIDE ON HIS OWN NOT TO RELEASE THEM UNDER WHAT
    NOT TO RELEASE THEM UNDER WHAT APPEARS TO BE A SPURIOUS EXCUSE.
    APPEARS TO BE A SPURIOUS EXCUSE. HE HAS VOWED TO FIGHT TO KEEP
    HE HAS VOWED TO FIGHT TO KEEP THEM SECRET.
    THEM SECRET. RICHIE NEAL SAYS THE IRS HAS
    RICHIE NEAL SAYS THE IRS HAS NEVER, EVER REFUSED A REQUEST
    NEVER, EVER REFUSED A REQUEST UNDER THIS PORTION OF THE TAX
    UNDER THIS PORTION OF THE TAX CODE TO SHOW HIM, TO SHOW THE
    CODE TO SHOW HIM, TO SHOW THE CHAIRMAN OF THIS COMMITTEE A
    CHAIRMAN OF THIS COMMITTEE A RETURN THAT WAS REQUESTED UNDER
    RETURN THAT WAS REQUESTED UNDER THIS PROVISION.
    THIS PROVISION. THEY'VE NEVER BEFORE SAID NO.
    THEY'VE NEVER BEFORE SAID NO. ARE THEY GOING TO SAY NO
    ARE THEY GOING TO SAY NO SPECIFICALLY FOR TRUMP AND ON
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