McCarthy responded to news at his weekly press conference that House Ways and Means Committee chairman Richard Neal had formally requested the President's tax returns from the Internal Revenue Service by accusing the committee of "yesterday's vote to arm the IRS for an attack. " political opponents. "
" It's not just a waste of time, it sets a dangerous standard for using the federal government as a political weapon, "McCarthy warned. [McCarthy] argued that the Democrats had not accepted Trump's victory Presidential elections and try to use the "power of the government" for political retaliation.
"The Democrats decided on the day after the elections that they would not accept it," he said, "So what are they doing now? They use the power of the government, the fear that every American has made this government so strong that they are after you because they do not politically agree with you. It is wrong. … Really you want to have a body that keeps track of people's IRS reports just because you do not agree with them politically? "
McCarthy described the tax return as" all about politics, "which contradicts the opinion of House spokeswoman Nancy Peloso at an earlier point in time when she defended the effort as" a political matter. "
Trump himself On Thursday afternoon, he asked if he would tell the IRS Commissioner not to comply with his tax declaration.
"You're talking to My lawyers and they're going to talk to the Attorney General," Trump told reporters at the Oval Office.
House Democrats defend the motion
Pelosi and other Democrats have argued that filing for tax filing is a matter of executive executive need for Congressional oversight and that Democrats are on solid legal ground to achieve that Please.
"The law is very clear," Pelosi said during her own press conference on Thursday ag. "The law states that the Secretary may, at the written request of the Chairman of the Committee for Means and Paths or of the Chairman of the (Senate) Finance or the Chairman of the Joint Tax Committee, be allowed to provide the secretariat Committee shall provide any return or return information specified in such request.
The House MEP added that Neal had been "very thoughtful" in his actions.
"The President and the Vice President are being tested, that's what's happening," Pelosi added. "Congress has the responsibility for this to happen, whether this has happened and how it has happened, and that is the political aspect of it. "
Rep. Kevin Brady, the Supreme Republican on the House Ways and Means Committee, said very differently on Thursday told reporters he believes the demand "violates the law" is "an abuse of authority of the committee" and "should be withdrawn. "
Brady said he believes the chairman's call for tax returns from the president is" another step in the wrong direction of democratization of the Democrats. "
" Citizens' rights and privacy are still uncontested in America. No party in any Congress should have the power to rummage through your tax returns purely for political reasons and if they can do that to the President, which prevents them from doing so to a political enemy, "Brady said, repeating McCarthy, adding "This is the dangerous precedent that comes with gunning the tax authorities."
Neal told reporters on Thursday that he needed about three months to set up the case for claiming returns, in his view after reasonable was the severity of the request.
"This was a very reasonable approach. Our position from the first day was that this would be measured, "Neal said." This is likely to drag through the federal court system and we wanted to make sure that the case we constructed was a case that was below the critical one
Key Republicans in the Senate Argue Democrats Want to "Demolish this President"
In a Senate Senate speech, Republican Senator Chuck Grassley, chairman of the Senate, demanded Senate for Finance, the Democrats, insincere to their reason why they wanted the returns.
Neal said he wants to investigate the presidential exam program, but Grassley argued that the request was just an excuse to dismiss Trump's tax information for " Desire to "get the Democrats all the resources they have at their disposal to find something ̵
" Democrats say they are interested in the tax declarations of all presidents, if they are really only interested in one thing: President Trump "Gassassley added:" It is motivated by the strong dislike of the Democrats against this president. Their frustration of losing an election motivates them to win easily. Her desire is to use all available resources to find something – anything – to overthrow this president.
Grassley has the same authority to demand Trump's tax return as Neal, but he said he does not plan to ask for the return, unless Neal actually had something.
However, some Republicans in the Congress supported the Idea that the president releases his return.
On Thursday it was asked if any 2020 candidate, including Trump, Republican Sen. Ted Cruz said: "Yes."
As he pushed for the House Democratic efforts, Asking for the tax return, Cruz said, "Of course it's political and the House Democrats are attacking President Trump down the line, but yes, presidential candidates should file their tax returns. I have said that for a long time.
Phil Mattingly and Maegan Vazquez of CNN contributed to this report.