GOP Tries To Keep Spotlight On Taxes Amid Mueller Charges

The long-awaited Republican proposal to overhaul the tax code is now competing with special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into potential ties between President Trump’s campaign and Russia.

GOP lawmakers insist the jolt to Washington from Mueller’s probe doesn’t hurt their efforts to rewrite the tax code.

The House Ways and Means Committee is set to release their tax bill on Wednesday, and GOP leaders have said they hope legislation passes Congress by Thanksgiving. They got a boost last week when the House approved a budget resolution that allows the tax bill to avoid a Democratic filibuster.

But they have little room for error.

Since May, Mueller has been investigating Russia’s involvement in the 2016 election and other matters that could arise from the inquiry.

“It may actually take the spotlight off of Congress as they do their wheeling and dealing and horse-trading to actually make that happen,” said GOP strategist Ford O’Connell.

Republicans know they want to hold the House and make gains in the Senate, and “they see tax reform as the primary vehicle to do that,” O’Connell said.

Read more from Naomi Jagoda at The Hill

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