According to BR, as part of the Russia probe, it looks as if the Senate might force Donald Trump to hand over his tax returns. Throughout his campaign and presidency, 45 claimed he would release them when his audit was complete. Now, a Republican senator will demand Trump’s returns.
Maine’s Senator Susan Collins gave an interview on a Maine public program talking about the Russian probe, according to the Washington Post:
‘All of us are determined to get the answers. In some ways, this is a counterintelligence cooperation — in many ways — and that’s what our committee specializes in.’
Collins said she wants Trump’s previous national security adviser Michael Flynn to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee’s investigation. The committee is looking into Russia’s alleged interference into the nation’s presidential election. Then, she said she would demand President Trump’s tax returns if that is necessary, the Washington Post reported:
‘If it’s necessary to get to the answers then I suspect we would.’
The senator said the committee would subpoena the president’s tax returns if he did not release them voluntarily. According to Democrats, Trump’s returns could show any business relationships he or his companies have with Russia. As late as last week, Trump claimed he has no one to telephone in Russia because he does not even know anyone there.
FBI Director James B. Comey’s briefing in the Intelligence Committee for two hours Friday apparently kicked off a willingness among the committee members to go where they need to go to investigate the Trump-Russia connection.
This is the first time a GOP member of Congress has said she would be willing to go into Trump’s tax returns. During the interview, Collins said that “many of the members” on the Intelligence committee are willing to formally demand Flynn testify.
The Trump administration has claimed that Flynn lied to Vice President Pence about his conversations with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak in late December, during the transition period. Several intelligence officials revealed that Flynn did indeed discuss the sanctions President Barack Obama imposed on Moscow with Kislyak.
A great deal of the Intelligence Committee’s hearings are behind closed doors, due to the sensitive material of the investigations. Collins did not indicate whether the committee planned on private hearings, but she did say there should “be some public hearings.” The senator also said the committee should issue a public report as part of their process.
Check out this video of politicians discussing Trump’s tax returns below:
What is Donald Trump hiding in his tax returns? | The Briefing https://t.co/OkRYdsqKlF
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