Pascrell Statement on Trump Tax Returns Cases
Paterson, NJ, May 12, 2020
PATERSON, NJ – U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-09) today issued a statement on the U.S. Supreme Court’s oral arguments today in three cases involving the release of Donald Trump’s tax returns. The three cases are: Trump v. Mazars(involving the House Committee on Oversight and Reform’s subpoena of Trump business records from an accounting firm), Trump v. Deutche Bank AG(dealing with subpoenas issued by the House Committee on Financial Services and House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence to obtain Trump financial records from his longtime bank), and Trump v. Vance, (regarding the constitutionality of a grand-jury subpoena of Trump’s tax returns as part of a state criminal probe).
“We should never have reached this moment. Donald Trump’s tax returns should have been disclosed years ago, yet have remained hidden because of unprecedented obstruction and corruption,” said Rep. Pascrell, who has been leading the drive in Congress to obtain Donald Trump’s business and personal tax returns since 2017. “America is a democracy, not a monarchy, and it can only endure when its activities are geared solely to the welfare of the people. Since 2017, the Trump government has moved heaven and earth to defy the law and the will of Congress in shielding Trump from accountability. It has been a painfully winding road these three years, but here now the justices have an opportunity to show that no one man is above scrutiny. They can restore to Americans a shred of confidence in the ability of our institutions to do right. For the good of American democracy, I hope they take it.”
Rep. Pascrell has been the most vocal proponent of the Congress reviewing President Trump’s tax returns. Since February 2017, Pascrell has led the call for the chairman of the Committee on Ways and Means to invoke Section 6103 of the tax code to obtain Trump’s tax returns. In the 115th Congress, Republicans voted 18 times to block Democratic resolutions seeking the tax returns. In March, Pascrell had a fiery exchange with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin’s illegal refusal to provide Trump’s tax returns to the House Ways and Means Committee.