President Donald Trump has not released his tax returns.
This was an issue that came up during the presidential election, but was drowned out by chatter over emails or pussy-grabbing or some other bullshit.
The last time it came up with Trump was in a bizarre press conference before the inauguration. Then, he said he wouldn't reveal them because, "I won!"
But some people (hi) have not forgotten that we still have no actual clue about our president's financial information.
This is problematic because his tax returns could reveal potential conflicts of interest as he serves the people as president.
Instead, we just have no clue! We are relying on Trump saying "I'm the president so there's no conflict of interest," to prove there's no conflict of interest, which is totally an OK way to live!
One congressman, Bill Pascrell from New Jersey, is fighting to see Trump's tax returns.
The Democrat works on the Ways and Means Committee of the House of Representatives.
Through that committee, Pascrell is asking to invoke a 1924 law that would order Trump to give the committee his tax returns. Pascrell wants to see 10 years' worth of them.
Because the Ways and Means Committee deals with tax policy, they would have this right -- if Representative Kevin Brady, a Republican from Texas, agrees.
The committee could look at Trump's tax returns. Then, they could decide to share them with the rest of the House of Representatives, which would let the rest of us norms see them.
Pascrell says he wants to see Trump's tax returns for the sake of the country.
He said it's "not to embarrass anybody," but, rather,
This is to make sure the American people know the facts, and if there are conflicts, they need to be resolved.
The congressman is worried Trump has international business deals, including with Russia, Saudi Arabia and Taiwan, which would be conflicts of interest as president.
He also does not believe Trump has fully handed over his company to his sons as he said he would -- or that he did it in a proper enough way to ensure there are no conflicts of interest.
However, Pascrell is not sure he will be able to use the rule as Republicans "are absolutely intimidated by this president."
Nevertheless, he says he is going to keep on asking as he believes it's important -- and because he and his colleagues keep getting calls from constituents saying the people believe it's important, too.