Former GOP Rep. Issa: Dems Subpoenaing for Trump's Tax Returns Serves No Legislative Purpose
Former Rep. Darrell Issa joined Harris Faulkner on "Outnumbered Overtime" Monday to react to the latest in the standoff between the White House and congressional Democrats over President Trump's tax returns.
The Democratic chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee on Friday issued subpoenas to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig for six years of President Trump’s personal and business tax returns.
That came just one day after Trump’s legal team requested that a federal court block the House Oversight Committee’s demands for his financial statements, calling their requests unconstitutional.
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) has indicated that he and his colleagues could impose hefty fines on people like Attorney General William Barr if they refused to comply with congressional subpoenas.
Issa, a Republican who served in the House of Representatives from 2001 to 2019, said Schiff and his fellow Democrats are intent on "the destruction of the president" after Special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe ended up being a dud.
"Simply wanting to poke into the president's tax records to see if you can find a crime where the IRS hasn't or demanding that the attorney general break the law and give them openly information that should not be made public has no legislative purpose," Issa said.
He said that Congress should instead responsibly use its oversight authority to protect our elections.
Watch the "Outnumbered Overtime" interview above.