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.
The Attorney General on His Way Out?: Trump Mulls Firing Bill Barr, Advisers Trying to Dissuade Him
Trump is unhappy about more than just Barr’s recent voter fraud comments.
President Donald Trump is considering firing Attorney General William Barr, with the Washington Post reporting Wednesday evening that Trump “remained livid” at him.
On Tuesday Barr said that the Justice Department did not find evidence of “fraud on a scale that could have effected a different outcome in the election.”
An unnamed senior administration official told the Post that although Trump is upset about Barr’s comments, he’s also unhappy with Barr about other matters, such as his previous lack of action on the FBI’s investigation into the Trump campaign and his handling of John Durham.
The president is pressuring Barr to release the “Durham report,” which could implicate officials in using the investigation to target Trump for political reasons. Trump also sees Barr’s secret appointment of Durham to DOJ special counsel as a “stall tactic.”
In the wake of Election Day Attorney General Barr authorized federal prosecutors to “investigate substantial allegations” of voter fraud. But in his comments Tuesday, Barr claimed that “most claims of fraud are very particularized to a particular set of circumstances or actors or conduct.”
“They are not systemic allegations,” said Barr.
Trump may want to fire Barr, but several advisers are trying to persuade him not to, according to the unnamed senior official.
Either way, it’s tough to see how Barr remains attorney general for much longer. If Joe Biden pulls off the steal and gets inaugurated, he will certainly replace Barr with his own AG. And if Trump hangs on for his second and final term, he may very well want to clean house and start afresh.
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