Fox Nation Judge Nap: Dem Ways & Means Chair Has Right to View, Not Publish Trump's Taxes
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Judge Andrew Napolitano took a closer look at House Ways & Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal's (D-Mass) demand for President Trump's tax returns.
In 1924, Congress passed the Revenue Act, which allows the House Ways & Means chair or the Senate Finance chairman to solicit from the IRS the tax returns of anyone.
It was signed into law by Calvin Coolidge in the wake of President Warren Harding's Teapot Dome Scandal, and nicknamed the Mellon Bill after wealthy banker-turned-Treasury Secretary Andrew Mellon.
Napolitano said Neal is requesting that Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin send him the past six years of Trump's returns.
He added that Neal has "no authority to publish" but can instead "examine" the returns in his capacity as chairman.
Neal wrote a letter to IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig, telling him that Democrats have a duty "to ensure that the Internal Revenue Service is enforcing the laws in a fair and impartial manner."
At the same time, Napolitano said Trump is concerned that Congress is prone to leaking sensitive information and does not want his returns to be the latest of those leaks.
"Who could trust Congress to keep anything secret?" Napolitano said of Trump's concern.
Prior to the Democrats re-taking control of the House, New Jersey Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-Paterson) has repeatedly pressed for Trump's returns to be sent to Congress.
Pascrell said in 2017 that Congress could review the documents to highlight any conflicts of interest that may exist between Trump and other entities.
"This isn’t for the Democrats or the Republicans, and it’s not to embarrass anybody," he said at the time. "This is to make sure the American people know the facts."
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