President Trump responded Thursday to the Supreme Court’s decisions regarding his personal and business financial records; saying he must fight this “political prosecution” in “corrupt New York.”
“The Supreme Court sends case back to Lower Court, arguments to continue. This is all a political prosecution. I won the Mueller Witch Hunt, and others, and now I have to keep fighting in a politically corrupt New York. Not fair to this Presidency or Administration!” posted Trump on social media.
The Supreme Court sends case back to Lower Court, arguments to continue. This is all a political prosecution. I won the Mueller Witch Hunt, and others, and now I have to keep fighting in a politically corrupt New York. Not fair to this Presidency or Administration!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 9, 2020
Courts in the past have given “broad deference”. BUT NOT ME!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 9, 2020
“The decisions mark the first time that the nation’s highest court has directly ruled on a matter involving Trump’s personal dealings. Trump has been more secretive with his finances than any president in decades, refusing to release his tax records to the public even as he mounts a bid for reelection,” reports CNBC.
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IT BEGINS: First Democrat-Majority Bill to Target Trump Tax Returns in January
The new Democratic majority’s first order of business in the House of Representatives will target President Trump’s tax returns in January; setting the stage for a high-stakes legal showdown with the Commander-in-Chief.
According to Fox News, the first piece of legislation -titled H.R. 1- will target the President’s personal finances; making it a federal mandate that all presidents fully disclose their income taxes.
“But the legislation is largely symbolic, as it has little chance of actually becoming a law. The Republican-held Senate, which increased its majority after the midterm elections, is unlikely to vote for the bill. Trump himself could also refuse to sign it,” writes Fox.
“They’re under audit, they have been for a long time, they’re extremely complex, people wouldn’t understand them,” Trump said earlier this year. “Nobody turns over a return when it’s under audit.”
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JAIL TIME? Democrat Wants Top Trump Officials ‘Jailed’ Over the President’s Tax Returns
At least one Congressional Democrat is now calling for senior Trump officials to be “jailed” for refusing to hand-over the President’s tax returns; setting the stage for another high-stakes legal showdown with the White House.
“Democratic Rep. Lloyd Doggett said Tuesday that IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin should be jailed or fined for stonewalling congressional subpoenas for President Trump’s tax returns,” reports Fox News.
“Doggett, D-Texas, a member of the House Ways and Means Committee, said Tuesday that congressional Democrats need to employ what’s known as ‘inherent contempt’ for Trump officials defying committee requests and subpoenas for Trump’s financial information,” adds the article.
“I believe that there is no legal advice that will stop the lawlessness and lies of this administration, and that is why Congress needs to act firmly now to use every tool it has available to get this information that Trump so fears that the public will see,” Doggett told MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow Tuesday night.
“To take action, I believe it’s going to require fines or confinement under our power of inherent contempt to get the information we need and to get all these other people that, under what seems to be gang rule, are told don’t say anything and don’t provide anything,” he continued. “Total silence, total obstruction.”
The Democrat’s comments come after top lawmakers voted to hold the Attorney General in ‘contempt’ for refusing to speak with legislators regarding Robert Mueller’s “no collusion” conclusion.
Attorney General William Barr reportedly met with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi face-to-face last Wednesday during an event at the Capitol; asking the top Democrat if she “brought her handcuffs” after accusing the senior Trump official of breaking the law just days ago.
“Colleague Jake Gibson rpts AG Barr spoke to Pelosi in person today, after the National Peace Officers Memorial Service at the Capitol. Source says Barr went up to Pelosi & asked her if she brought her handcuffs,” reported a journalist from Fox News.
Colleague Jake Gibson rpts AG Barr spoke to Pelosi in person today, after the National Peace Officers Memorial Service at the Capitol. Source says Barr went up to Pelosi & asked her if she brought her handcuffs
— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) May 15, 2019
“What is deadly serious about it is the attorney general of the United States of America was not telling the truth to the Congress of the United States,” Pelosi told reporters earlier this month. “That’s a crime.”
“We will have no choice but to move quickly to hold the attorney general in contempt if he stalls or fails to negotiate in good faith,” Mr. Nadler said. “But the attorney general must make a choice. Every one of us must make the same choice. That choice is now an obligation of our office.”
“The choice is simple: We can stand up to this president in defense of the country and the Constitution we love, or we can let the moment pass us by,” he added.