During a House Financial Services Committee hearing with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Tuesday, Rep. Sean Duffy slammed efforts by House Dems to obtain President Trump’s tax returns.
The Wisconsin lawmaker said that he personally believed Trump should disclose his taxes, but “to walk down a political road where we’re going to use the chairman of Ways and Means, and the power given to the chair, for political purposes, to gain the tax returns of our political opponents — we know that when one action is taken, it oftentimes doesn’t stop.”
“I don’t know that anyone in this room wants to have their taxes released,” he added. “I don’t know if Hillary and Bill want theirs released, I don’t know if Obama wants his released.”
He then said “of course there would be a concern” if former GOP Ways and Means chairman had requested Dems’ tax returns. Maxine Waters abruptly cut him off and noted that he was out of time.
Rep. Gregory Meeks weighed in, saying that “Barack Obama did disclose his tax returns. In fact, every President of the United States since Nixon opened their tax returns.”
He then noted that Trump promised to release his tax returns himself, contradicting WH Chief of Staff Mulvaney’s recent statement that Congress will “never” see them. “So that means that he has lied to the American people. I hope, Mr. Secretary, you’re not a liar, and other individuals in the administration [is] not a liar, and that when you testify, you testify to the truth, and not deceiving individuals.”
“Point of order,” heckled Duffy. “If the gentleman is calling the president a liar—”
“The time belongs to the gentleman from New York,” interjected Waters. “Do not interrupt him. There is no point of order, what is your point of order?”
“The president is a covered personality, and I believe the gentleman was calling the president a liar,” said Duffy.
“The chair does not recognize that as a point of order,” said Waters.
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