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I think it's long past time for this committee to do its constitutional duty house Democrats on Thursday began their effort to zero in on president trump's tax returns holding a hearing on Capitol Hill with tax experts part of a broader effort to turn up the heat on the White House we will examine a topic of great interest , to the American people congressman John Lewis chair of the oversight subcommittee began the discussion over provision and Democrats anti corruption legislation H. all one that would compel future presidential candidates to release ten years of tax returns can a person release his or her tax return , %HESITATION I know of no restriction that would prevent %HESITATION a taxpayer from disclosing information even even if it's under water , I cannot relate release any information if the question is is there anything under the law that would prevent a taxpayer from disclosing information that is under audit the answer is I don't know of any such a prohibition well not releasing tax returns because as you know they're under on it as a candidate trump rejected decades of precedent by not releasing his personal tax returns on Thursday the tax and ethics experts on the panel said Congress should have the power to obtain them I think if things are important enough and I believe that transparency is one of those things we should in fact require them legally rather than just Hector in people to try to get them to do we want them to do forcing trump to hand over his taxes is an item high on the list of priorities for some Democrats since winning control of the house Republicans at the hearing warned that forcing the president to turn over his tax returns would open a Pandora's box this is all about weapon Ising our tax laws to target a political phone Thursday's hearing is likely just a taste of the headaches to come for the trump administration with the house intelligence committee preparing a broad investigation into the president and his finances are first %HESITATION committee meeting