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Refusing To Release His Tax Returns, Trump Violates Federal Law

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After all the murders he either committed or was at least behind, after all the bootleg liquor he smuggled, the money he extorted, the prostitution rings he had a hand in, it was tax evasion that ultimately sent the notorious mobster Al Capone to prison.

Could the same fate befall Donald Trump, or least those covering for him?

On Saturday, House Ways and Means Chairman Richard Neal sent another letter to IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig demanding his agency comply with the law and release six years of Trump's tax returns by 5:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 23.

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This came after Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin refused last week to comply with an initial request, stating:

"The committee's request raises serious issues concerning the constitutional investigative authority, the legitimacy of the asserted legislative purpose and the constitutional rights of American citizens. The legal implications of this request could affect protections for all Americans against politically motivated disclosures of tax information, regardless of which party is in power."

There is no "serious issue concerning constitutional investigative authority."

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Congress is acting on authority granted in the IRS Code section 6103(f):

"Upon written request from the chairman of the Committee on Ways and Means of the House of Representatives, the chairman of the Committee on Finance of the Senate, or the chairman of the Joint Committee on Taxation, the [Treasury] Secretary shall furnish such committee with any return or return information specified in such request, except that any return or return information which can be associated with, or otherwise identify, directly or indirectly, a particular taxpayer shall be furnished to such committee only when sitting in closed executive session unless such taxpayer otherwise consents in writing to such disclosure."

This does not exclude anyone.

Not even the President of the United States.

Trump told a reporter "No, there is no law" when asked if federal law requires him to hand over his tax returns.

But Tax Analysts historian Joseph J. Thorndike argued:

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"Despite what the president said, there is a law."

The last president from whom Congress requested tax returns was Richard Nixon, who complied, revealing he owed $477,000 in additional taxes.

"So there is good historical reason to be concerned," Thorndike concluded.

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Calm Down. In the first place Trump does not release his tax returns. Mnuchin will when the law shakes out. That's the way the law works. Trump's privacy is as protected as any citizen's is.

Mnuchin will not be proactive and fulfill all the the requests of congress, but resist until compelled to do so by the courts. Then the actions are not his, he is following the directive of the courts.

If he acted without this directive, any mistakes would be his failings.

The clever lady in the illustration, says that Trump should show her his taxes, because she pays her's. She neglects to notice that she is not required to show Trump or me her taxes.

The comical part here is only possible because the Trump derangement syndrome is so strong.

When the right was going on about Obama's birth certificate, it was to Obama's benefit to delay its release as long as possible. They built up this tremendous head of steam about some conspiracy, with a whole connected paranoid scenario. Then when he released it the whole thing crashed wasting all their energy and attention.

Trump has been maneuvering for his presidential bid for over six years. He probably made sure that his taxes were paid straight up. In the little tidbit tha Rachel Maddow dug up, after a big buildup it came out that he had paid 34 million in taxes, and there was nothing there.

It benefits Trump for you to go on about a huge criminal conspiracy and delay his tax release. Then, once the hysteria has reached fever pitch, and the Democratic presidential candidates have hitched their cart to Trump's destruction by this next presumptive scandal, as close as he can get to the next election.

He releases the taxes as mandated by law and nothing is there and BOOM! And you guys are played again.

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There is no huge criminal conspiracy.

Just a criminal in the White House.

Submitted on Thursday, Apr 18, 2019 at 1:58:29 PM

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