Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi said that members of congress from her party will seek to obtain President Donald Trump’s tax returns when they take control of the US House of Representatives in January - a move the White House is likely to strongly resist.
The House Ways and Means Committee will “take the first steps” toward obtaining the documents, said Pelosi, who has the backing of her members to become speaker of the House next month. As it is likely to be a challenging process, it will be up to the committee to figure out how to proceed, she said.
“There is popular demand for the Congress to request the president’s tax returns,” she told reporters in the Capitol.
“I’m sure the White House will resist and so the question is where do we go from there,” she said.
Trump defied decades of tradition when he refused to release his tax records as a candidate and after his victory in the 2016 US presidential election. No law or rule compels a president or candidate to disclose their returns, but nearly every nominee and president has done so in recent decades.