A month after taking control of the U.S. House, Democrats are taking steps to hold President Donald Trump accountable for his past financial dealings, with two House committees beginning investigations that they hope will result in the release of Trump\u0026#039;s tax returns.A House Ways and Means subcommittee will hold its first hearing Thursday on a portion of H.R. 1, the Democrats\u0026#039; ethics reform bill, which demands that all presidential and vice presidential nominees from a major political party release 10 years of tax returns in order to shed light on any financial conflicts of interest including foreign investments.House Democrats will take their first step toward obtaining President Donald Trump\u0026#039;s personal tax returns, convening a hearing today to examine legislative proposals and laws dictating the process to acquire the documents. We\u0026#039;ll be there. https://t.co/sv7JRiSJVq— Citizens for Ethics (@CREWcrew) February 7, 2019The hearing comes a day after House Intelligence Committee chairman Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) announced a sweeping new probe into Trump\u0026#039;s finances, broadening his committee\u0026#039;s investigation into Russia\u0026#039;s alleged interference with the 2016 election.The panel will investigate \u0022whether any foreign actor has sought to compromise or holds leverage, financial or otherwise, over Donald Trump, his family, his business, or his associates,\u0022 Schiff said in a press release Wednesday.Follow the money.It\u0026#039;s about time Congress did its job.Schiff announces sweeping investigation into Trump\u0026#039;s finances and Russia @CNNPolitics https://t.co/LZ7fLG6aUc— Richard W. Painter (@RWPUSA) February 6, 2019Last year, Schiff expressed interest in investigating money laundering allegations involving the Trump Organization\u0026#039;s sale of properties to Russian nationals.The broadening of the Intelligence Committee\u0026#039;s probe follows Trump\u0026#039;s State of the Union address in which he slammed so-called \u0022ridiculous partisan investigations.\u0022 In a Thursday morning tweet he called Schiff\u0026#039;s actions \u0022presidential harassment.\u0022Schiff said Wednesday that Democrats will not \u0022be intimidated or threatened\u0022 by the president\u0026#039;s hostility to oversight, of which a majority of Americans approve, according to a recent Washington Post-ABC poll.\u0022For the last two years, the Republican majority has essentially been missing in action when it comes being a coequal branch of government,\u0022 Schiff said. \u0022That ended with the midterms. We\u0026#039;re going to do our jobs.\u0022The House Ways and Means Committee will convene its hearing on presidential tax returns at 2:00pm EST Thursday, hearing from witnesses on how Trump\u0026#039;s refusal to release his tax information has harmed the public.Your daily reminder that Trump is the first president elected since Nixon to refuse to release his tax returns, and any payments from Russia remain secret— Citizens for Ethics (@CREWcrew) February 7, 2019Government watchdog groups applauded the committee for holding a hearing on the importance of transparency regarding presidential tax returns—which all major presidential nominees since 1976 have released to the public, other than Trump—and urged the Ways and Means Committee to act quickly to obtain the returns.\u0022Americans all across the country have marched in their communities, signed petitions, or made calls to their lawmakers demanding that Trump\u0026#039;s tax returns be released,\u0022 said Susan Harley, deputy director of Public Citizen\u0026#039;s Congress Watch division. \u0022Since the Ways and Means Committee already has the power to request the tax returns of any taxpayer—including the president—there\u0026#039;s no need to wait for passage of H.R. 1 to act. Congress must not delay and should act now to obtain the tax information it needs to better protect our democracy against the glaring conflicts of interest that plague the current presidency.\u0022Maura Quint, executive director of the national tax fairness coalition Tax March, told The Hill that the group is \u0022on the edge of our seats\u0022 waiting for the release, as committee chairman Rep. Richard Neal (D-Mass.) takes a \u0022cautious\u0022 approach in building a case to force the release.We have been demanding @realDonaldTrump\u0026#039;s tax returns and we will not stop our efforts until the promise made by democrats is fulfilled.The American people deserve to know what interests Donald Trump is serving, theirs or another entity. https://t.co/ECvroosFyq— Tax March (@taxmarch) February 7, 2019Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-N.J.), who has pushed for the release of Trump\u0026#039;s tax returns since the 2016 election, told The Hill that he predicts they\u0026#039;ll be released within the next two to three months.