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CT senator to seek tax return rule change for cabinet nominees

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Sen. Richard Blumenthal (WFSB file photo) Sen. Richard Blumenthal (WFSB file photo)

Nominated cabinet members would have to release tax returns under legislation to be introduced by a Connecticut senator.

Sen. Richard Blumenthal is planning an announcement on Monday to unveil a new legislative push to amend Senate rules to compel all cabinet nominees to release at least three years worth of tax returns.

"The American people deserve to know that their government will work for them," Blumenthal said in a statement. "Nothing short of full transparency and disclosure on behalf of the president-elect and his nominees will give taxpayers confidence that this administration is acting in their interest-not on behalf of big corporations and special interests."

Blumenthal called many of President-elect Donald Trump's choices wealthy insiders with longstanding ties to deep-pocketed special interests.

He said currently, only select Senate committees have the authority to requires presidential nominees to produce tax returns.

He said Democrats will look to correct the "oversight" during their next session.

"Public trust and confidence in this administration absolutely requires release of tax returns, which provide a way to identify conflicting private interests," Blumenthal said.

Blumenthal said Trump enters the White House with unprecedented potential conflicts of interest from his international business empire.

Trump has said that he will leave his businesses to avoid conflicts.

 "While I am not mandated to do this under the law, I feel it is visually important, as president, to in no way have a conflict of interest with my various businesses," Trump said.

Trump will release how he plans to do that on Dec. 15.

Blumenthal, however, argues that without access to Trump's tax returns, the public has no way to verify that Trump will have severed ties.

He is also supporting a Senate resolution that calls on Trump to divest from his interests in order to ensure compliance with the Emoluments Clause of the United States Constitution. 

Blumenthal's announcement is set for 11 a.m. at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford.

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