2. SOUNDBITE: (English) Rep. Richard Neal, (D) Massachusetts/Chairman, House Ways and Means Committee:
"We'll know at 5. ... That was the deadline, but I anticipate that they won't meet that deadline and the result will be that we will likely proceed to court as quickly as next week. (Reporter: This really hasn't moved from where we were a week ago?) I've noticed that. (Reporter: Do you think that the subpoena was the right move?) I think one of the things that you've all come away with during these months since January 3rd when we came to the majority is that I have meticulously followed the advice of counsel and I intend to fully stay with that. I think that in the long run that is the best policy and, indeed, the best strategy. It's understandable that you can have an idea, but the implementation of the idea is equally important. (Reporter: Do you plan to consider holding Mnuchin in contempt?) "I don't see that right now as an option. I think the better option for us is to proceed with the court case, but we still have until 5 o'clock. Who knows."
3. Various of Representative Pramila Jayapal at news conference
"We may start impeachment inquiry down the road. That is different than an impeachment vote. But I think we have to make sure we do all of the steps along the way to give the White House whatever chances they need to show that they can comply, that they're not exerting blanket privilege. These are all things they've said, by the way, but we just have to challenge them one more time because we need to make it clear exactly the ongoing obstruction that they are committing. And then every step of the way, we'll keep ratcheting it up. This is a pretty quick movement so far because they have ratcheted it up, not because we have. But because they have, with every letter, with every contemptuous letter they send, with every sort of blanket approval of the strategy to stonewall Congress on every front. It's a problem."
5. Various of Congressional Progressive Caucus co-chairs Jayapal and Representative Mark Pocan
US House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal expects the IRS to miss a Friday deadline to turn over US President Donald Trump's tax returns.
Neal, a Massachusetts Democrat, has subpoenaed six years' worth of Trump's returns. If US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig refuse to comply with the subpoenas, Neal is likely to file a lawsuit in federal court.
"I anticipate that they won't meet that deadline and the result will be that we will likely proceed to court as quickly as next week," said Neal on Friday afternoon.
Neal originally demanded access to Trump's tax returns in early April. He maintains that the committee is looking into the effectiveness of IRS mandatory audits of tax returns of all sitting presidents, a way to justify his claim that the panel has a potential legislative purpose. Mnuchin has said the request lacks a legitimate legislative purpose.
The White House and the Democratic-controlled House are waging a multi-front battle over investigations into Trump and the administration has been refusing to comply across the board, refusing to comply with subpoenas for the unredacted report by Special Counsel Robert Mueller and documents related to the testimony by former White House Counsel Donald McGahn.
Washington Democrat Representative Pramila Jayapal, who is co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, said that it's the administration's "ongoing obstruction" that could lead House Democrats to start an "impeachment inquiry down the road."
"They have ratcheted it up," said Representative Jayapal. "They have, with every letter, with every contemptuous letter they send, with every sort of blanket approval of the strategy to stonewall Congress on every front. It's a problem."