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Earlier Wednesday, House Democrats requested six years of the president's tax returns from the IRS.

The chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, Richard Neal of MA, formally requested six years of Trump's personal tax returns and some of his business tax returns on Wednesday, exercising his authority under a 1924 law enacted in response to the Teapot Dome scandal.

"Oh, sure - down the road, sure, that's nothing", Rep. Richard Neal said Thursday when asked if he would commit to releasing some of his personal returns.

Back in 2012, when McClatchy requested each member release their tax returns or give some information about the returns, just 17 lawmakers responded with any information and Neal was a member that did not respond at all to their request. The committee is also requesting tax returns from eight of the president's business entities.

In his latest warning to Mexico to tighten border security, Trump threatened earlier on Thursday to eventually slap tariffs on vehicle imports from Mexico unless it did more to stop drug trafficking. "The President's action clearly violates the Appropriations Clause by stealing from appropriated funds, an action that was not authorized by constitutional or statutory authority", Pelosi, the top Democrat in Congress, said in a statement.

Just this week, House committee chairs have readied subpoenas to demand the full release of Robert Mueller's Russian Federation report and to examine accusations of abuses in the White House's handling of top secret security clearances.

Trump, speaking to reporters at the White House, said Mexico had done a good job in the past four days in dealing with migrants on its southern border headed to the United States.

Mr. Neal said being under an audit doesn't cut it as an excuse. "This has nothing to do with the Mueller report".

He has constantly refused requests to do so, claiming the returns are under "audit".

"I think he hates President Trump", the Louisiana Republican said on CNN's "New Day" show. "If somebody wanted to add a requirement to have tax returns be part of that, let them go through the legislative process".

Mr. Trump said Wednesday he will resist compliance.

Across the aisle, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi contended that "the law is very clear" that the president's returns are subject to congressional review, reading the text of the law from USA code to reporters at her news conference.

It is certain that the President would see any decision by Mnuchin to get involved and comply with Neal's request as a flagrant personal betrayal.

Should Trump not comply with the law allowing the committee chairman access to his tax returns, Pascrell said he would favor going to court.

Representative Pramila Jayapal, a Democrat from Washington and a leader of the House Progressive Caucus, said she believes the tax returns would shed light on whether "some of his actions and public policy, like around Russian Federation, for example, could be explained by those conflicts of interest".

After that move from Nixon, though not legally required to do so, it became commonplace for subsequent presidential candidates and commanders-in-chief to release their tax returns to the public. "If the president is above the law, we'll have that also". "It seems doubtful that the committee needs all of a President's tax returns to make that determination", Grewal said. The returns would have to remain private unless the Ways and Means Committee and House voted to release them, which could start a fresh round of wrangling with the White House.

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