Richard Neal (D), House Ways and Means Committee Chairman, Subpoenas Treasury Sec. Mnuchin for Trump’s Tax Returns

 

DCSA134-42_2019_125958Will the House Democrats ever conduct any business on behalf of the American People during the next two years?

Did Captain Ahab ever give up his hunt for Moby Dick?

FoxNews.com reports that

The Democratic chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee on Friday issued subpoenas to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig for six years of President Trump’s personal and business tax returns.

“While I do not take this step lightly, I believe this action gives us the best opportunity to succeed and obtain the requested material,” Massachusetts Democratic Rep. Richard Neal said in a statement. “I sincerely hope that the Treasury Department will furnish the requested material in the next week so the committee can quickly begin its work.”

The White House did not immediately comment.

Last month, Neal requested the returns from the Treasury Department, but Mnuchin denied the request saying that it lacked a “legitimate legislative purpose.”

“As you have recognized, the Committee’s request is unprecedented, and it presents serious constitutional questions, the resolution of which may have lasting consequences for all taxpayers,” Mnuchin wrote in a letter this week.

The topic has been a contentious one for the president since his time on the campaign trail in 2015, and throughout his administration, as he has refused to release his financial information. Trump repeatedly has claimed that his tax returns are complicated, and he has maintained that he will not release them while they are under audit by the IRS.

But this week, “The New York Times” obtained Trump’s federal income tax returns between 1985 and 1994. The documents revealed that Trump claimed to have lost $1.17 billion from his real estate businesses during that decade. The Times added that it had compared Trump’s tax information with other high-income earners and found that Trump “appears to have lost more money than nearly any other individual American taxpayer”. The newspaper also reported that the losses were so substantial, that in the eight of the ten years in question, Trump was able to avoid paying income tax.

House Democrats have been targeting Trump’s tax returns and financial documents since they took the majority in Congress in January. As part of their lead-off ethics package, which Trump’s lawyers cited in their filing Wednesday, Democrats’ legislation required presidents to disclose at least 10 years of their tax returns to the public, in what was an apparent swipe at Trump.

Actually, the Democrats have been after the President’s Tax Returns for quite a while now.

Do you remember the “Tax Marches” of 2017?

Foxnews.com reported on April 14, 2017 that

Democratic lawmakers and liberal activists plan to ring in Tax Day with nationwide protests this weekend meant to pressure President Trump to release his tax returns — with organizers hoping for the biggest anti-Trump showing since January’s Women’s March. 

On Saturday, thousands are expected to attend ‘Tax Marches’ in approximately 150 cities, including several affiliated events overseas.

“Whether people support him or not, [releasing his tax returns] is something that people think he should do. I think there is a chance something like this could move him,” said Lisa Gilbert, vice president of legislative affairs at Public Citizen, one of the groups organizing the marches. 

The president’s supporters, however, see the marches — and the persistent tax return focus — as a waste of time. 

In Colorado Springs, Trump backers plan to hold a counter-protest on Saturday. For them, what is in Trump’s tax returns pales in comparison to what could be in his tax plan. 

“Their whole message is they want to see the president’s tax returns. I care far more about his policy than his tax returns,” Trevor Dierdorff, El Paso County Republican Party chairman, told the Colorado Springs Gazette. 

Rep. Jim Renacci, R-Ohio, said during a recent House Ways and Means Committee hearing that the pressure on Trump to release his returns is a “political mission,” arguing the kind of bombshells Democrats are seeking wouldn’t even be in such documents. 

The protests, if nothing else, could make for a rowdy scene in cities across the country, reminiscent of the Women’s March on inauguration weekend. 

At the time of those marches, the Republicans still controlled the House of Representatives and therefore, they also controlled all of the committees.

Now, the Democrats control the House and all of the committees, using that power as a weapon to overturn the results of the 2016 Presidential Election, regardless of whether there is any sort of Congressional precedence or Constitutional backing for their actions.

In this instance, like the rest of their Machiavellian machinations, there is no precedence, Constitutional backing, or sanity involved, for that matter.

These repeated attempts to circumvent the will of the American People though these Orchestrated protests is an exercise in intimidation that has not been seen since the days of the Russian Revolution and Germany’s National Sociality Party.

The Democrats will not stop until President Trump and the American Values which he represents have been eliminated for the National Scene and we are returned to the rule of a figurehead of their choice and the anti-America Culture which the Democrats attempted to install during the reign of Barack Hussein Obama.

Instead of moving on from the report of the Special Counsel which found no Russian Collusion by the President and his staff and which found no actionable obstruction, the Democrats have doubled down in an exhibition of tone deafness not seen since a sound man put a solo microphone on the late Linda McCartney, when she played keyboards for her husband Paul and his group “Wings”. (God rest her soul.)

The Democrats are so desperate to find something…ANYTHING…on the president, that they are embarrassing themselves on both the national and international stage.

I was reading yesterday that President Trump’s approval numbers have risen 11% since the Mueller Reports was released and that Congress’ has dropped 11%.

I believe it. In fact, that pollster was probably being kind.

This latest move by the Democrats in demanding that a sitting President let the opposition party perform a colonoscopy on him via his tax returns is not only outlandish, it is also the height of arrogance.

It is that same arrogance which cost the Democratic Party the Presidency in 2016.

Some people never learn.

Until He Comes,

KJ

Ways and Means Committee’s Neal Requests Trump’s Tax Returns… Trump “Not Inclined to Do That”

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This country has come to feel the same when Congress is in session as when the baby gets hold of a hammer. – Will Rogers

FoxNews.com reports that

President Trump responded with a dismissive taunt on Wednesday after a House committee chairman formally requested the IRS provide several years of his personal and business tax returns, in a move that prompted congressional Republicans to warn that Democrats had “weaponized” tax law.

Told by a reporter at the White House that Democrats wanted six years of his tax returns, Trump replied: “Is that all? Usually it’s 10. So I guess they’re giving up. We’re under audit, despite what people said, and we’re working that out — I’m always under audit, it seems, but I’ve been under audit for many years, because the numbers are big, and I guess when you have a name, you’re audited. But until such time as I’m not under audit, I would not be inclined to do that.”

The request Wednesday by Massachusetts Rep. Richard Neal, who heads the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee, is the first such demand for a sitting president’s tax information in 45 years. The move sets up a virtually certain legal showdown with the White House.

Neal made the request in a letter to IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig, asking for Trump’s personal and business returns for 2013 through 2018. Neal told Rettig that Democrats have a duty “to ensure that the Internal Revenue Service is enforcing the laws in a fair and impartial manner.”

“It is critical to ensure the accountability of our government and elected officials,” Neal said in a statement. “To maintain trust in our democracy, the American people must be assured that their government is operating properly, as laws intend.”

The president’s congressional allies registered immediate and fierce disapproval. The top Republican on the House Ways and Means Committee, Kevin Brady, R-Texas, wrote to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to decry what he called Democrats’ “abuse” of their authority.

“Weaponizing our nation’s tax code by targeting political foes sets a dangerous precedent and weakens Americans’ privacy rights, As you know, by law all Americans have a fundamental right to the privacy of the personal information found in their tax returns,” Brady said in the letter. “This particular request is an abuse of the tax-writing committees’ statutory authority, and violates the intent and safeguards of Section 6103 of the Internal Revenue Code as Congress intended.”

That provision of tax law generally prohibits the disclosure of personal tax information.

Brady added that while “transparency in our government is enormously important,” the “privacy and freedom” of all taxpayers is paramount — and that Congress should pass new disclosure laws if it sees a problem. Violating the privacy rights of one taxpayer, Brady asserted, “begins the process of eroding and threatening the privacy rights of all taxpayers.”

A spokesperson for Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, told Fox News that the “ability of the chairman to request such information is intended to inform the legislative process, which is how it’s been used in the past, not to engage in a politically-motivated fishing expedition.”

Congress “passed section 6103 of the tax code to prevent that kind of abuse of power and to protect every taxpayer’s privacy,” the spokesperson continued. “Those seeking an individual’s personal tax returns to exact political damage would be opening the door to future abuses of power and would poison the public trust in the ability of the IRS to keep personal information private. That’s an outcome every taxpayer and their elected representatives should want to avoid.”

Neal specifically demanded the federal income tax returns from eight entities, including Trump National Golf Club-Bedminster, as well as statements specifying whether the returns were ever under audit. Neal also demanded all administrative files, including affidavits, related to each return.

“The request…is the first such demand for a sitting president’s tax information in 45 years.”

If that sentence alone does not illuminate the fact that this is another political witch hunt by the Democrats then you are either a Liberal being purposefully obtuse or you are too stupid to remember how to breathe.

The Democrats have become so desperate to drive President Donald J. Trump out of office, that they are now so obsessed that they are failing to see that they are ignoring their constituencies and their needs back home.

They must believe that the 2016 Presidential Election was some sort of mass hypnosis, and that the overwhelming majority of Americans have bought into their mission to introduce Marxism as the form of government in the United States of America.

How else could one explain this madness that has overtaken the Democratic Party?

Instead of moving on from the report of the Special Counsel which found no Russian Collusion by the President and his staff and which found no actionable obstruction, the Democrats have doubled down in an exhibition of tone deafness not seen since a sound man put a solo microphone on the late Linda McCartney, when she played keyboards for her husband Paul and his group “Wings”. (God rest her soul.)

The Democrats are so desperate to find something…ANYTHING…on the president, that they are embarrassing themselves on both the national and international stage.

I was reading yesterday that President Trump’s approval numbers have risen 11% since the Mueller Reports was released and that Congress’ has dropped 11%.

I believe it. In fact, that pollster was probably being kind.

This latest move by the Democrats in demanding that a sitting President let the opposition party perform a colonoscopy on him via his tax returns is not only outlandish, it is also the height of arrogance.

It is that same arrogance which cost the Democratic Party the Presidency in 2016.

Some people never learn.

Until He Comes,

KJ