Two Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee today brought up the subject of tax returns, with one rather explicitly invoking President Trump in doing so.
Senator Sheldon Whitehouse asked FBI Director James Comeyabout how important tax returns are in a criminal investigation.
But it was Senator Al Franken who cut to the chase and directly brought up the president’s tax returns as they may pertain to the Russia investigation.
He asked about why the Russians preferred Trump over Clinton and whether his business interests may have anything to do with it:
“In order for us to know for certain whether President Trump would be vulnerable to that type of exploitation, we would have to understand his financial situation. We’d have to know whether he has money tied up in Russia o obligations to Russian entities, do you agree?”
Comey responded, “I don’t know.”
Franken pointed to a few different issues that he felt raised appropriate questions about those ties, and he eventually just straight-up asked Comey if the president’s tax returns would be “material to such an investigation.” He also asked if the investigation includes access to the president’s returns.