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I hardly need to state why the Democrats need to win the House. But here is yet another reason: because they are going to go after the Trump tax returns when they spend the next 2 years investigating Trump and there’s nothing he can do about it but whine on Twitter.

If Democrats win control of the House in November they will finally have the votes to force an issue they’ve been hammering for nearly two years: Making President Donald Trump disclose his tax returns.

Since Trump took office, Democrats have forced 11 votes in the House of Representatives to require that the IRS hand over Trump’s returns. These votes all failed because only one member of the Republican majority joined the Democrats in their request. If Democrats win 217 or more seats in the November election ― which they have a 74 percent chance to do, according to the polling aggregation site FiveThirtyEight ― they will have enough votes to get these documents.

“You’re damn right” Democrats will vote to get Trump’s tax returns if they win a majority in November, said Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-N.J.).

“As the smoke continues to build with one revelation after another, there is greater need than ever to see what Trump may be hiding in his personal tax returns, the return information to explain them and those of the 500 business entities, which he controls from here to Azerbaijan,” said Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-Texas).

Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.), who is a co-chair of the Democratic Policy and Communications Committee, a messaging body for the party leadership, said, “If Democrats take back the House, I’ll fully support efforts to finally make his tax returns public.”

But House Republicans have vehemently resisted efforts to force Trump to come clean about his finances. “My belief is that if Congress begins to use its powers to rummage around in the tax returns of the president, what prevents Congress from doing the same to average Americans?” said Rep. Kevin Brady (R-Texas), the chairman of the tax-writing Ways & Means Committee in February 2017.

Another honest argument from congressional Republicans there!

There are many reasons why winning the House is an absolute necessity, but at the very top, just behind stopping any horrific legislation from passing, is the investigatory power behind it. If Devin Nunes can act as a total stooge and Jason Chaffetz grandstanding with hearings about e-mails, imagine what Democrats can do around the many actual crimes committed by Donald Trump.

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