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House Dems File Lawsuit to See How Much Trump Cheated on His Taxes

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin testifies during a House Financial Services Committee on Capitol Hill May 22, 2019, in Washington, D.C.
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin testifies during a House Financial Services Committee on Capitol Hill May 22, 2019, in Washington, D.C.
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The Democrat-led House Ways and Means Committee is out here like Training Day-Denzel Washington and they putting cases on everybody.

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According to CNN, House Dems are suing the “Treasury Department, the IRS and their respective leaders, Steve Mnuchin and Charles Rettig,” to see the president’s tax returns and just how many dollars were converted to rubles.

From CNN:

House Ways and Means Chairman Richard Neal is seeking the President’s tax returns using a little-known IRS provision known as 6103, which allows the Chairmen of the House Ways and Means Committee and the Senate Finance Committee to request and obtain an individual’s tax information for a legitimate legislative purpose.

The move comes months after Neal made his initial request for the President’s tax information and as outside groups and other liberals on the Ways and Means Committee grew impatient with the pace of Neal’s efforts. Neal initially made his request for Trump’s tax returns on April 3. After a series of follow-up letters, the Treasury Department formally denied the request at the beginning of May, and Neal issued subpoenas to the IRS and Treasury Department on May 10.

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This lawsuit is just one of many involving all kinds of congressional committees that want to see the president’s financials to determine what, if any, business dealings Trump had that may have compromised the White House.

Trump’s financials have become a major concern for Democrats once the president came up with some caca story about being audited and how that was preventing him from revealing his tax returns, which isn’t true.

CNN notes that “In two other court cases, Trump has tried to stop the House Oversight Committee, the House Intelligence Committee and the House Financial Services Committee from getting his financial records from Capital One bank, Deutsche Bank and the accounting firm Mazars USA.”

Trump is appealing court decisions that sided with Congress and CNN notes that those cases won’t be resolved until sometime next month.

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“There can be no doubt as to the power of Congress, by itself or through its committees, to investigate matters,” federal Judge Edgardo Ramos said at a court hearing in May, CNN reports. “Without the power to investigate...Congress could be seriously handicapped in its efforts to exercise its constitutional function wisely and effectively.”

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DISCUSSION

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Rooo sez BISH PLZ

It is nice that they are all trying to be on the record, with discovery and all related gris gris. I’m sure I’m not about to say anything that regular readers here don’t already know.

But unless House leadership is doing that cynical thing where they run in circles just trying to look like they’re solving the problem when they’re actually not – just assuming they really are trying to solve the problem – they need to go get those records from a place where they could have already have had them, or a reasonable approximation of them . If Andrew Cuomo signed that NYS bill, Richard Neal should have Donald Trump’s NY state tax returns in his possession already.

Dear White People: The reason why you get all in your feelings when POC try to tell you in a straightforward fashion you’d better do such and such about something that’s soon to be a national emergency is because we never have as much time as you seem to think we do to solve these things before the whole situation careens completely out of control

Zerlina Maxwell trying to tell you all about Brett Kavanaugh before he & Gorsuch (and Clarence Thomas, omg) had time to start flipping decades of precedent in a stare decisis based system.

Any one of us trying to tell you about Gorsuch being a plagiarist back in his salad days (one remembers when that was enough to knock a SCOTUS candidate out of consideration back when the entire Executive Branch wasn’t completely bankrupt of scruples), way before Brett Kavanaugh had time to grow into the Big Boy Problem he is now.

A whole bunch of us screeching about a recess appointment way back before Gorsuch & Kavanaugh were even thought of as appointees.

But this is not a problem that’s just in the past. Worse, it’s a continually recurring problem, and the recurrences just keep getting closer and closer together chronologically.

The last time it happened?

This past week.

David Gura had the cojones to ask the question

and all I heard from white people was “Oh, he can’t do that” or “They’re not gonna do that” or, my personal anti-favorite - “They can’t possibly do that.”

And now – here we are:

Trump Administration Misses Census Printing Deadline After SCOTUS Citizenship Question Ruling

To quote Soledad O’Brien – and this has to be at least the third time just today I feel like I’ve had to say this to any White Person within earshot (readshot?) – STOP BEING SURPRISED.

If you keep not listening, you’re going to be squealing like Piglet – the difference being that this isn’t the Hundred Acre Wood and so there won’t be any kind of deus ex machina around to be able to do anything about any of it.

It will, quite literally, be too late.

Stop screwing around. Pressure Neal to get the state returns. His lawyers are going to do their best to delay. You already know that will take months.

We may not have months.

Time is of the essence.