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Wed Oct 31, 2018, 11:10 AM

With a House Takeover, Democrats Could Get Trump's Tax Returns. Would They?


By Nicholas Fandos
Oct. 16, 2018

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WASHINGTON ó Democrats, eyeing control of a powerful House tax-writing committee next year, are studying a century-old provision in the federal tax code that could give them access to President Trumpís long-sought tax returns and eventually the ability to make them public.

The powers laid out in an obscure 1920s addition to the tax code are clear: The leaders of Congressís tax-writing committees, including the Ways and Means Committee in the House, are empowered to request from the Treasury Department tax returns or related information on any tax filer. Democrats could use that information to finally determine if Mr. Trump, who built a global business empire before entering politics, has problematic financial entanglements with Russia or other undisclosed conflicts of interest.

They could also use such an inquiry to determine whether Mr. Trump violated the law before his election to avoid paying taxes.

How would they do it? A Teapot Dome law

More:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/16/us/politics/trump-tax-returns-democrats.html

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Reply With a House Takeover, Democrats Could Get Trump's Tax Returns. Would They? (Original post)
Quixote1818 Oct 2018 OP
ck4829 Oct 2018 #1
Wellstone ruled Oct 2018 #2
Gothmog Oct 2018 #3
awesomerwb1 Oct 2018 #4
MichMan Oct 2018 #5
GulfCoast66 Oct 2018 #6
MyOwnPeace Oct 2018 #7
KPN Oct 2018 #8
mr_lebowski Oct 2018 #9
Dan Oct 2018 #10

Response to Quixote1818 (Original post)

Wed Oct 31, 2018, 11:12 AM

1. Get everything... including tax returns

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Response to Quixote1818 (Original post)

Wed Oct 31, 2018, 11:13 AM

2. This will happen and happen by March of next year.

B.TW,best estimates are,Team Mueller has all this info as well as the State of New York

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Response to Quixote1818 (Original post)

Wed Oct 31, 2018, 11:14 AM

3. Yes

Get these returns

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Response to Quixote1818 (Original post)

Wed Oct 31, 2018, 11:33 AM

4. Will they have to subpoena them?

If so, haven't these guys ignored subpoenas left and right? What would change in that regard?

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Response to awesomerwb1 (Reply #4)

Wed Oct 31, 2018, 11:42 AM

5. Can't they just order the IRS to provide them?

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Response to awesomerwb1 (Reply #4)

Wed Oct 31, 2018, 11:47 AM

6. Nope. Just send a note to the Treasury Department.

That said, it would end up as a separation of powers legal battle with Trump claiming presidential privilege. He runs the treasury after all.

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Response to Quixote1818 (Original post)

Wed Oct 31, 2018, 11:54 AM

7. If they try,

you know that IQ45 will take it to court before complying, just like Nixon did with the tapes.
When the Supreme Court ruled against Nixon, the cards came tumbling down!

I'm not willing to bet a single penny that this court would rule the same way.

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Response to MyOwnPeace (Reply #7)

Wed Oct 31, 2018, 12:51 PM

8. I would bet it won't! That's how bad this is.

Our only hope is votes in 2020! 2018 wins will only serve to slow down his/their momentum.

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Response to Quixote1818 (Original post)

Wed Oct 31, 2018, 10:02 PM

9. As long as they can find a good, solid pretext, one that gets some traction, I think they will ...

And most definitely SHOULD.

There should be PLENTY of good reasons to justify doing so ... just need a way to make it not appear OVERLY political.

I use 'pretext' in the literal sense, not the sarcastic one.

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Response to Quixote1818 (Original post)

Wed Oct 31, 2018, 10:41 PM

10. I want them to even get a copy of his birth certificate...

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