GOP seeks to redirect criticism over Trump tax returns

Rep. Kevin Brady (Texas), the top Republican on the House Ways and Means Committee, called for an investigation into the sources who leaked Trump’s tax records to The New York Times, arguing that “while many critics question the article’s accuracy, equally troubling is the prospect that a felony crime was committed by releasing the private tax return information of an individual — in this case the president’s.”

Another GOP lawmaker similarly argued there should be more outrage over how the documents were obtained, coupled with skepticism of the reporting since Trump didn’t publicly release the information.

“Whether we agree or not that the president should or should not release his tax returns, that’s a political question. What is not a question is our tax returns are supposed to be inaccessible by the public and by the media. And to have many years, apparently, allegedly released or in some manner made available is a gross violation of the law,” the lawmaker told The Hill.