Reprinted with permission from ProPublica.
The pressure is growing to force President Trump to turn over his tax returns. The other day, for example, 200 Congressmen filed a suit in federal court, arguing that voters and lawmakers have a right to know whether Trump’s businesses are violating the Constitution’s emolument clause, which bars the president from accepting payments from foreign countries.
The lead Senate plaintiff in the suit, Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), said that the legal effort could force release of the president’s tax returns and other business documents during the discovery stage of the litigation.
“By failing to release his tax returns — reflecting payments and benefits from foreign powers — President Trump is thumbing his nose at the American people and the Constitution,” Blumenthal told my Washington Post colleague Tom Hamburger.…