Democrats want to require Trump nominees to provide tax returns

Democrats want to require Trump nominees to provide tax returns
Credit: AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster

[Ed. – Anything in the interests of obstruction.]

Senate Democrats are pushing to require President-elect Donald Trump’s Cabinet nominees to release their tax returns, which Trump refused to do during his campaign.

Currently the only Senate committees that can require such information are Finance, Budget, and Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. But Democrats want to expand that authority to other committees that hold confirmation hearings, and plan to propose changing the rules when committees convene for the next Congress in January.

Democratic ranking members of three committees said at a press conference Thursday that Trump’s nominees, especially those who are extremely wealthy, should be scrutinized for their financial dealings and potential conflicts of interests.

“We’ve never before seen a Cabinet like this that’s made up of so many wealthy insiders and big money interests,” said Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., ranking member of the Agriculture Committee.

Democratic Sens. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., of the Finance Committee and Patty Murray, D-Wash., of the Health Education Labor Pensions Committee joined Stabenow at the Thursday press conference.

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