The democrat chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee sent a request to the Internal Revenue Service demanding six years’ worth of President Trump’s tax returns.
The president dismissed such partisan fishing expeditions while republicans blasted the “weaponized” tax law that obliterates privacy statues.
When told by a reporter at the White House that Democrats wanted six years of his tax returns, President Trump said, “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.”
Rep. Richard Neal’s request is the first such abuse in 45 years.
Fox News reported:
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.”
Wrong. The American people need to be stop being told that America is a democracy! It is not!
It is a republic, and furthering democrat talking points, even when defending the privacy of United States citizens is reprehensible.
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.
“Fair and impartial manner?” Come on!
Like the ‘fair and impartial’ way that Obama went after and tried to destroy political opponents using the IRS? The Justice Department had to settle two lawsuits over that little scandal in the ‘scandal free’ administration.
Republicans blasted the thinly veiled attempt to find something… anything… on President Trump.
The top Republican on the House Ways and Means Committee, Kevin Brady, 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,” he added.
Brady also wrote that while “transparency in our government is enormously important,” the “privacy and freedom” of all taxpayers is paramount.
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 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.”
This attempt is nothing more than another futile way to try to cast slurs on the president, and like all the other slimy, dirty democrat tricks, will fail in its objective.
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