Left wing politicians in the US are grasping at straws in increasingly desperate efforts to tar US President Donald Trump following the collapse of the Mueller probe.
Lacking vote winning policies of their own to pursue, US Democrats are instead spending their taxpayer funded time and effort pursuing Trump’s tax return history.
But like their failed probe into non-existent collusion between Trump and the Russians, this political stunt too looks destined for failure.
According to White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney, Trump’s tax returns will never be given to Democratic Lawmakers.
When asked whether congressional Democrats will succeed in obtaining Trump’s tax returns, by Fox News on Sunday, Mulvaney said: ‘Never. Nor should they.’
Political ploys will fail to gain tax returns
‘Democrats are demanding that the IRS turn over the documents. That is not going to happen, and they know it. This is a political stunt,’ Mulvaney said on Sunday.
Mulvaney dismissed Wednesday’s formally launched efforts to obtain Trumps tax returns, by US House of Representatives tax committee chairman Richard Neal, as a political tactic, as reported by RAW.
He called out the Democrats stunt as part of the relentless attack on Trump, which wasn’t likely to stop.
Democrats argued Neal’s request for the returns were in line with the law and justified an inquiry, under given circumstances of Trump’s refusal to release his tax records.
‘It is not up to President Trump, it is not up to some lawyer that President Trump hires, to determine whether” his tax returns can be sought,’ Democratic Representative Dan Kildee, a tax committee member, told ABC’s This Week.
‘This is a legitimate authority that the Congress has. This president, by the way, is the least transparent president that we’ve had in half a century’.
‘This is not an autocracy. The president does not get to decide for himself and for congress what a legitimate subject of inquiry might be’, he added.
Tax returns, a legal midfield
On Friday, one of Trump’s lawyers described the House Democrats’ request for six years of Trump’s personal and business returns as ‘a misguided attempt’ to lobby tax laws.
The lawyer also accused lawmakers with harassment and interference in relation to IRS audits.
According to Raw:
‘One of many investigations targeting Trump on Capitol Hill and in the US court system, the House Democrats’ probe into the president’s tax returns could pull back the curtain on his business empire and his reputation as a deal-maker.’
Trump holds ownership in many enterprises, including golf courses, hotels, as well as Trump Tower in New York and Mar-a-Lago in Florida.
Trump is declining to publicise his previous tax returns, which is unlike any president in recent decades.
The request by Neal according to Trump lawyer William Consovoy, ignores ‘constitutional constraints’.
It takes an all too familiar tone when it comes to left wing media speculation around Trump, one which will map out the legal battlefield to come.
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