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Friday, April 12, 2019

Donald Trump and his top White House aide declare that the administration will not give the president's tax returns to Congress, as required under a 1924 anti-corruption law. But both the Treasury secretary and the tax commissioner have been much more nuanced, saying that they will obey the law even as they delay actually doing so. I know why Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and Charles Rettig, the IRS commissioner, are so cautious. They don't want to be removed from office and sent to prison for five years just for doing Trump's bidding.

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Under Section 6103 of our tax code, Treasury officials "shall" turn over the tax returns "upon written request" of the chair of either congressional tax committee or the federal employee who runs Congress's Joint Committee on Taxation. No request has ever been refused, a host of former congressional tax aides tell me.

There is, however, a law requiring every federal "employee" who touches the tax system to do their duty or be removed from office.

The crystal-clear language of this law applies to Trump, acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney, Mnuchin and Rettig, federal employees all.

#1 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2019-04-12 10:49 AM | Reply

Mnuchin and others better make sure that Trump is President for Life is they go this route. Maybe that's the plan.

#2 | Posted by Zed at 2019-04-12 10:53 AM | Reply

I don't know if this is the first unambiguous instance of Trump breaking United States law. But it is unambiguous, and it is law-breaking. So I'd be interested to the Followers of Baal, er, Donald to meet my expectations and explain by their pet god gets a pass on this one.

#3 | Posted by Zed at 2019-04-12 10:56 AM | Reply

It becomes more obvious daily that even if Democrats cannot win a conviction in the Senate they should still impeach this crook and expose his crimes to the entire population.

#4 | Posted by danni at 2019-04-12 11:03 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

So I'd be interested to the Followers of Baal, er, Donald to meet my expectations and explain by their pet god gets a pass on this one.

#3 | Posted by Zed at 2019-04-12 10:56 AM | Reply | Flag:

Trick question, actually. Trump gets a pass on this because he IS their pet, tin god. And hypocrisy and law-breaking are his sacraments.

#5 | Posted by Zed at 2019-04-12 11:06 AM | Reply

More political lawlessness.

#6 | Posted by fresno500 at 2019-04-12 12:49 PM | Reply

The Trump administration has clearly demonstrated what they think about laws. The real question is does anyone in the government have the balls to do anything about it, or will they just allow this to happen too?

#7 | Posted by qcp at 2019-04-12 01:38 PM | Reply

That all depends on a lot of factors.

#8 | Posted by Sniper at 2019-04-12 02:16 PM | Reply

#8 namely "is Trump a Republican?".

Right?

#9 | Posted by jpw at 2019-04-12 03:57 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

I hope Mnuchin serves hard time. What a partisan POS. Trump will probably attempt to pardon him, if the judge doesn't already claim he's "lived an otherwise virtuous life" BS.

#10 | Posted by redlightrobot at 2019-04-12 09:33 PM | Reply

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I hope Mnuchin serves hard time.

Odds are about the same as amending the Constitution.

#11 | Posted by REDIAL at 2019-04-12 09:38 PM | Reply

Danni, while I agree that impeaching is indicated, the impeachment of Clinton backfired massively for the Republicans. Republicans in congress lost their jobs left and right in the next election.

The Democratic leadership is being careful and they want the data to impeach Trump, not the Democratic party. And to get that data, it seems that they don't want to appear too "political" about it, lest they lose the next election anyway.

Frankly, I think there is a lot of wisdom in that plan.

#12 | Posted by prius04 at 2019-04-12 09:48 PM | Reply

Gosh, why would trump's cult be willing to break the law in order to keep his totally legal and legitimate tax returns hidden?

Isn't he proud of his enormous wealth and business success?

#13 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2019-04-12 09:52 PM | Reply

I don't know if this is the first unambiguous instance of Trump breaking United States law. But it is unambiguous, and it is law-breaking. So I'd be interested to the Followers of Baal, er, Donald to meet my expectations and explain by their pet god gets a pass on this one.

#3 | Posted by Zed at 2019-04-12 10:56 AM
I'm sure you don't understand, but that law has absolutely zero impact on Trump.
He is also incapable of breaking it at this time.
Why precisely are you lying about Trump breaking the law?

#14 | Posted by Avigdore at 2019-04-12 11:14 PM | Reply

Gee, where's Amac when Trump needs her?

#15 | Posted by bayviking at 2019-04-13 12:38 AM | Reply

Its time to sharpen the pitch forks people.

#16 | Posted by RightisTrite at 2019-04-13 04:46 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"He is also incapable of breaking it at this time.
Why precisely are you lying about Trump breaking the law?"

What kind of nonsense is this? Oh wait, it's Avigdore. Nonsense is normal.

#17 | Posted by danni at 2019-04-13 10:16 AM | Reply

So glad we let the party of "law and order" control the white house and the senate.

#18 | Posted by JOE at 2019-04-13 10:22 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

"He is also incapable of breaking it at this time."

Can you taste the stupid when you post something that clueless?

#19 | Posted by Danforth at 2019-04-13 02:38 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

I'm sure you don't understand, but that law has absolutely zero impact on Trump.
He is also incapable of breaking it at this time.
Why precisely are you lying about Trump breaking the law?

#14 | Posted by Avigdore

Why are you spending your time helping a crook hide his crimes?

#20 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2019-04-13 03:26 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Where are all the "strict constructionist" conservatives calling for Mnuchin to apply the unambiguous meaning of this statute?

#21 | Posted by anton at 2019-04-14 08:12 AM | Reply

Why are you spending your time helping a crook hide his crimes?

#20 | Posted by SpeakSoftly

Everyone has a theory.

#22 | Posted by Zed at 2019-04-14 08:38 AM | Reply

I'm sure you don't understand, but that law has absolutely zero impact on Trump.
He is also incapable of breaking it at this time.
Why precisely are you lying about Trump breaking the law?

#14 | Posted by Avigdore at 2019-04-12 11:14 P

If it has zero impact, why is he fighting it?

Are you being bloody-minded and concrete? Technically the law directs the IRS to give his taxes to Congress. So it's the IRS breaking the law directly, not Trump. There are criminal penalities attached to this refusal. You didn't notice?

If Trump is ordering or abetting the IRS not to release his taxes, that's a violation of the law in itself.

#23 | Posted by Zed at 2019-04-14 08:42 AM | Reply

Looking for dirt with no other cause than to attempt political assassination doesn't seem like a valid use of power.

#24 | Posted by visitor_ at 2019-04-14 10:24 AM | Reply

Looking for dirt with no other cause than to attempt political assassination doesn't seem like a valid use of power.

#24 | Posted by visitor_ at 2019-0

There's ample evidence from other sources that Trump engages in tax fraud, as one example.

Some of us want to see how deep this criminality goes.

You don't. We get that.

#25 | Posted by Zed at 2019-04-14 10:42 AM | Reply

Other than baseless accusations, what have you got? This is not how the justice system is supposed to work. I'm sure Republicans would love to root around in Pelosi's files.

#26 | Posted by visitor_ at 2019-04-14 10:53 AM | Reply

Turn 'em over, and be prepared for similar requests in the future, from whichever party is in power and in opposition to a sitting politician.

#27 | Posted by MUSTANG at 2019-04-14 11:05 AM | Reply

This article will soon be 3 years old, and Trump still hasn't released his taxes. How many more times has he promised to do so between then and now? Bottom line: Trump is a lying liar:

#ShowUsYourTaxes: Here's Every Time Donald Trump Has Said He Would Release His Tax Returns
June 28, 2016

When -- if ever -- will Donald Trump release his tax returns?

That's the question journalists and commentators have been asking for months now, prompting the Republican nominee to repeatedly insist that he cannot do so while he is undergoing an IRS audit. But transcripts from over a dozen interviews he has given since 2011 show not only that he's long overdue on his promises, but also that he has strategically changed his approach to this question, leaving contradictions along the way.

The transcripts below have been condensed for brevity, and key lines have been bolded.
www.nationalmemo.com

#28 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2019-04-14 11:16 AM | Reply

"I'll produce my tax returns. Absolutely," he said in 2014. "I would love to do that."

"I would release tax returns," Trump said again in a 2015 interview with talk radio host Hugh Hewitt. "I have no objection to certainly showing tax returns."

ijr.com

#29 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2019-04-14 11:22 AM | Reply

So as I read the law the President can request tax returns for all members of Congress. I hope that he does so. If lights are to be shined on a cockroach, let's shine it on them all.

#30 | Posted by sunuvavitch at 2019-04-14 12:43 PM | Reply

Turn 'em over, and be prepared for similar requests in the future, from whichever party is in power and in opposition to a sitting politician.
#27 | POSTED BY MUSTANG

Aren't presidents required to turn over their tax returns?

Or is there something more ominous meant by your comment?

#31 | Posted by ClownShack at 2019-04-14 12:53 PM | Reply

#29 | POSTED BY GAL_TUESDAY AT 2019-04-14 11:22 AM | FLAG: When he made those statements he had not realized how the hateful left would attempt to weaponize anything against him to remove him from office. It is obvious that the dems actions since taking office caused him to change his mind.

#32 | Posted by MSgt at 2019-04-14 12:54 PM | Reply

So as I read the law the President can request tax returns for all members of Congress. I hope that he does so. If lights are to be shined on a cockroach, let's shine it on them all.

#30 | POSTED BY SUNUVAVITCH

Sure. Let's keep all our politicians held accountable for.

I mean Mitch McConnell and Nancy Pelosi are incredibly wealthy. More so than their salaries provide.

We should make sure the money is legitimately earned.

#33 | Posted by ClownShack at 2019-04-14 12:57 PM | Reply

When he made those statements he had not realized how the hateful left would attempt to weaponize anything against him to remove him from office. It is obvious that the dems actions since taking office caused him to change his mind.
#32 | POSTED BY MSGT

You're really this dumb, aren't you.

And poor Donnie ---------. He's soooo persecuted by the left.

All the none stop questions about where he was born and whether he's actually an American... oh wait...

All the demands to see his school records to prove he's an American... wrong...

All the attack's he's receiving for an attack on an under funded Embassy... no, no... one sec...

All the demands to see his tax returns so we can make sure he's doesn't owe money to a foreign government, and is therefore, compromised.

Yes. That's the one. We just want to make sure he doesn't owe money to other governments, which could, and there's some evidence, has, impacted his ability to lead our nation.

Also it provides a measure of tracking how much money he acquires as president. Making sure he's not accepting money to provide favors. Which. Clearly he is. He literally sold his cabinet seats to the highest bidders.

You have zero standards for the man. Because he's White, Republican, and Male. And all the news sources you listen to praise him nonstop.

#34 | Posted by ClownShack at 2019-04-14 01:08 PM | Reply

"When he made those statements he had not realized how the hateful left would attempt to weaponize anything against him to remove him from office. It is obvious that the dems actions since taking office caused him to change his mind."

When he made those statements, he was lying.

Like he lies about just about everything.

For God's sake, the man can't play golf without cheating.

You think he doesn't cheat on his taxes?

Get real.

#35 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2019-04-14 02:35 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

this is where the Republic will fracture. Mnuchin will claim either another delay or outright refuse to have the IRS turn them over. A divided congress will not be able to unite to do the right thing, and Trump's justice department will stand mute. Following this test case, Trump will break laws openly while Sanders, Conway and Graham all deny any laws are broken.

#36 | Posted by e1g1 at 2019-04-14 03:23 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"When he made those statements, he was lying.
Like he lies about just about everything."

Trump will soon pass the 10,000 lies while in office marker. Quite the milestone! He will finally be the greatest president at something!

#37 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2019-04-14 03:25 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

During Obama's presidency, Republican committees demanded and were given the tax returns of anyone they were investigating.

It's the law. Do they only think it applies to them?

#38 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2019-04-14 04:06 PM | Reply

Looking for dirt with no other cause than to attempt political assassination doesn't seem like a valid use of power.

#24 | POSTED BY VISITOR_

You mean like Barr investigating the investigators?

#39 | Posted by jpw at 2019-04-14 05:17 PM | Reply

It is obvious that the dems actions since taking office caused him to change his mind.

#32 | POSTED BY MSGT

Jesus you sycophants are sad.

What's obvious is that he was lying. Like he does when ever he opens his mouth.

#40 | Posted by jpw at 2019-04-14 05:18 PM | Reply

Or is there something more ominous meant by your comment?

#31 | POSTED BY CLOWNSHACK

Ominous? No. Just foreshadowing. As has happened many times, I'm predicting that once a party or politician sets a precedent, it will subsequently be exploited by all parties. It's tax returns now, and if you believe ANY politician wants their dirty money aired publically, you're crazy.

#41 | Posted by MUSTANG at 2019-04-15 12:15 PM | Reply

if you believe ANY politician wants their dirty money aired publically, you're crazy.

All the more reason to make sure releasing tax returns is mandatory for all politicians.

#42 | Posted by ClownShack at 2019-04-15 12:21 PM | Reply

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