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A Republican in the Senate Intelligence Committee just said that the panel’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 elections could possibly result in a subpoena for President Trump’s tax returns.
Senator Susan Collins was asked by the host of local radio program Maine Public whether Trump’s tax returns would be requested as a part of the Russia investigation.
“If it’s necessary to get to the answers then I suspect we would,” Collins said, though she did say that she was unsure at this point whether such an action would be compulsory to their investigation.
Trump is the first President not to release his tax information to the public since Lyndon B. Johnson. During his campaign, he claimed he was unable to do so because of an IRS audit, even though the IRS contradicted these claims.
“Nothing prevents individuals from sharing their own tax information,” the IRS said in a statement following Trump’s claims last year.
His critics have accused him of attempting to hide potentially damaging or illegal information, perhaps even exposing financial ties to Russia.
Collins was one of two Republican Senators to vote against the confirmation of Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education, forcing a tie-breaking vote by Vice President Pence.
“All of us are determined to get the answers,” Collins said. “In some ways, this is a counterintelligence cooperation — in many ways — and that’s what our committee specializes in.”
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