House Democrats are getting closer to prying President Trump’s tax returns from the Treasury Department.
Although Democratic big wigs and House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal (D-Mass.) haven’t announced the exact date that they will make the request for Trump’s tax returns, several lawmakers have hinted that action could come pretty soon.
On Tuesday, Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-N.J.) gave his prediction that the request will come about in the “next couple of weeks.”
At the end of the day, it’s up to Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal to send Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin a letter requesting Trump’s tax returns. Neal has taken a cautious approach to this request because he believes that this could lead to a drawn-out court battle.
A provision of the federal tax code allows the chairmen of Congress’s two tax committees to request tax returns and related information from the Treasury Department. These committees are then allowed to review these documents behind closed doors. There is also the possibility of a committee vote to send a report to the full House or Senate, which could potentially publicize all of the tax information.
However, Congress has rarely taken advantage of this power. The most recent case of Congress using these powers was when Republicans investigated the IRS’s targeting of conservative groups that applied for tax-exempt status.
Getting their hands on Trump’s tax returns is one the Democrat’s top priorities in the current Congress. They believe that these tax returns hold the secrets to numerous conflicts of interests Trump allegedly has with foreign governments.
Make no mistake about it, Democrat’s efforts to obtain President Trump’s tax returns are nothing more than a witch hunt. This is just another case demonstrating why the U.S.’s burdensome income tax system should be scrapped.
Giving politicians or bureaucrats the power to use the tax system as a political weapon is as Soviet as it gets. As the government grows bigger by the year, the potential for abuse by petty authoritarians in government only increases.
To quell the threat of government abuse, we must reduce the size of government and keep it shackled. Let’s start with abolishing the IRS.
NO MURDER CHARGES: Fired Detective Brett Hankinson Receives Indictment for Wanton Endangerment, No Officers are Charged for the Death of Breonna Taylor
On September 23, 2020, Jefferson County Judge Annie O’Connell announced that fired detective Brett Hankinson will be indicted on three counts of wanton endangerment for his actions on the night of Breonna Taylor’s death.
Hankison had previously admitted to shooting blindly. Some of those shots were fired into neighboring apartments not into Breonna Taylor’s where her boyfriend had opened fire onto police.
Myles Cosgrove and Jonathan Mattingly, the other two officers involved in a serving a search warrant on the night that Taylor was killed, did not receive any charges.
The city of Louisville was placed under a state of emergency on September 22, when city officials shutdown a significant portion of the city perimeter to traffic. The majority of administrative building and other businesses were boarded up prior to the decision. Louisville has been rocked by riots related to Taylor’s death in March. These riots have been occurring for over 100 days and have resulted in a number of deaths and heated confrontations with law enforcement.
Starting on the night of September 23, there will be a 72-hour curfew in Louisville. The curfew will not apply to people partaking in essential travel, which includes work-related purposes or medical attention. Kentucky National Guard members will be deployed to the city for the purpose of maintaining public order.
Given the indictment doesn’t match the BLM demands of murder charges for all officers involved, such precautionary measures are necessary to quell potential unrest coming from the Left. Since May, radical leftists have taken advantage of controversial police actions to tear up property and cause mayhem across the country. An incident like Taylor’s death is most assuredly being politicized by the Left and will likely fuel further disturbances across the nation.
Conservatives and nationalists should make it a point to promote healthy debate, while establishing a baseline of public security, to ensure that the country does not spiral further out of control in such times of instability.
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