WATCH: Gingrich reacts to NY Times report on Trump tax records
Democrats keep trying one witch hunt after another to bring down President Trump. Apparently, they really don’t like America succeeding. First, it was Russian collusion in the election. That turned out to be a hoax. Now it’s abolishing the Electoral College and trying to get his tax returns where something “impeachable” is hiding.
A secret IRS memo was leaked to the Washington Post on Wednesday, which states Trump can invoke “Executive Privilege” and they won’t be able to see them.
The memo contradicts the Trump administration’s justification for denying lawmakers’ request for President Trump’s tax returns, exposing fissures in the executive branch.
Trump has refused to turn over his tax returns but has not invoked executive privilege. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has instead denied the returns by arguing there is no legislative purpose for demanding them.
But according to the IRS memo, which has not been previously reported, the disclosure of tax returns to the committee “is mandatory, requiring the Secretary to disclose returns, and return information, requested by the tax-writing Chairs.”
The 10-page document says the law “does not allow the Secretary to exercise discretion in disclosing the information provided the statutory conditions are met” and directly rejects the reason Mnuchin has cited for withholding the information.
“The Secretary’s obligation to disclose return and return information would not be affected by the failure of a tax writing committee . . . to state a reason for the request,” it says. It adds that the “only basis the agency’s refusal to comply with a committee’s subpoena would be the invocation of the doctrine of executive privilege.”
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The memo is the first sign of potential dissent within the administration over its approach to the tax returns issue. The IRS said the memo, titled “Congressional Access to Returns and Return Information,” was a draft document written by a lawyer in the Office of Chief Counsel and did not represent the agency’s “official position.”
The memo is stamped “DRAFT,” it is not signed, and it does not reference Trump.
Do you think Trump will utter the two words that can make all this go away? “Executive Privilege”.
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