By JEFFREY GOLDMAN and MARK PEARSONFox News — It was the summer of 2020.
The president was in Las Vegas for the Miss Universe pageant, and he had just been sworn in as the 45th president of the United States.
Trump was in his first week of office, having inherited the most expensive real estate project in U.S. history from his predecessor, former President Barack Obama.
He was facing a potential budget crisis.
The Republican-controlled Congress was looking to impose an $800 billion spending package on the federal government, which was supposed to come to fruition by the end of the year.
Trump’s inauguration speech was peppered with policy prescriptions that the rest of the country didn’t have a clue about, and even Trump himself didn’t understand the details of how to address the crisis.
As a result, Trump’s inauguration was seen as a major victory for Trump’s Republican Party.
In fact, by mid-January, the president was on track to win re-election, even though his unpopularity in the U.K. was on the rise and he was struggling to get the White House’s attention.
But that victory was short-lived.
The next month, a week before Trump was set to take office, the New York Times published a bombshell report on his finances.
The report showed that Trump had received more than $400 million in payments from Russian oligarchs, a move that would have required congressional approval.
The money was reportedly received by a company called the Trump Organization.
Trump and his team quickly dismissed the allegations, saying that the money had been received by the Trump Foundation, which has not been involved in any official work for the administration.
That company has not responded to a request for comment from Fox News.
The revelations also set off a flurry of new questions about Trump’s finances and ethics, and prompted a congressional investigation into whether he was using the foundation to hide his income from the public.
That probe has been ongoing for several months.
Last week, a bipartisan group of senators introduced legislation that would require Trump to release his taxes, a decision that has been delayed several times.
But as the news about the foundation story spread, the Republican-led House of Representatives announced it was drafting a resolution to hold hearings on Trump’s tax returns.
The resolution was introduced on January 18 and would require a vote in both chambers of Congress, which were not scheduled to be held until March 5.
In an effort to hold the hearings on January 31, the House of Representative also asked the Treasury Department to provide the House with a list of Trump’s overseas businesses and a list to the U,S.
attorney for the Eastern District of New York for any potential violations of U.s. laws related to foreign emoluments laws, as well as any violations of federal law related to campaign finance laws.
The resolution was ultimately passed on a voice vote.
But by the time it reached the Senate, it had yet to pass, and Democrats were quick to point out that the Senate resolution had only passed after Republicans had voted to hold a vote.
This was a big problem for the Trump administration.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) had promised to bring the legislation to the floor by the beginning of March and then allow the full Senate to debate it, and the White Trump campaign was eager to get it to the front page of newspapers.
It was unclear if the House could make the vote happen.
The Trump administration was already facing pressure from Democrats who had opposed the resolution, and Republicans on the House floor were already calling on them to take action on the tax issue.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) even threatened to pull the chamber’s session out of session if they didn’t do what she wanted.
On the House side, however, Republicans did not have the votes.
Republicans were outnumbered 2-1 in the House, and if they did vote on the bill, it would have to be reconciled with the Senate’s tax bill, which Democrats could block if they wanted to.
That was not the case with the House resolution.
House Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady (R) and House Rules Committee Chairman Kevin McCarthy (R, TX) both voted to support the resolution.
In addition to the three Republicans who voted against the resolution on the floor, other House Democrats — Reps.
Peter Welch (N.Y.), Rosa DeLauro (Conn.), Peter Roskam (Ill.), Keith Ellison (Minn.), Jim McDermott (Wash.), and Keith Ellison’s daughter Kailah — voted in favor of the resolution as well.
Republicans were not the only ones who voted to approve the resolution; they were joined by seven Democrats and three Republicans.
The vote on February 1 was a major blow to Trump, as Democrats and Republicans were able to get a bipartisan majority to agree to hold open the House’s session until March.
The Senate then needed to approve that resolution, but did so on February 14.At the