Here we go again: Democrats sued President Trump for his tax returns this week.
Do you remember that kid in middle school that let you borrow a crayon, and you gave it back, but they pretended like you didn’t so they could get attention?
That’s Nancy Pelosi and the House of Representatives.
The only difference is she’s been in Congress since before this writer was born.
Audrey Conklin with Daily Caller quotes the lawsuit:
“’Defendants have mounted an extraordinary attack on the authority of Congress to obtain information needed to conduct oversight of Treasury, the IRS, and the tax laws on behalf of the American people who participate in the Nation’s voluntary tax system,’ the lawsuit states.
‘Numerous investigative reports have revealed that President [Donald] Trump … has engaged in multiple aggressive tax strategies and decades-long tax avoidance schemes,’ the suit continues. ‘Congress and the Committee, however, have thus far been unable to … assess if and how President Trump has been able to take inappropriate advantage of the tax laws.'”
Singing this song for years, and with the Russia investigation ultimately failing, Democrats think this will be enough to oust the President they so love to hate.
The suit also alleges:
“Nothing in Section 6103(f) requires the Committee to explain to Treasury its reasons for seeking tax return information. But the Committee’s need for the materials requested here is evident. The Committee is investigating the IRS’s administration of various tax laws and policies relating to Presidential tax returns and tax law compliance by President Trump, including whether the IRS’s self-imposed policy of annually auditing the returns of sitting Presidents is working properly, even though it has not been updated in decades. Indeed, President Trump himself has repeatedly questioned the integrity of the process by which the IRS audits his tax returns, complaining that his returns are under ‘continuous audit’ and that the IRS’s policy of annually auditing Presidential returns is ‘extremely unfair.'”
Could they be referencing the same IRS that was caught unfairly targeting conservatives in recent years?
“The Supreme Court declared in the 1957 case Watkins v. U.S. that Congress has no ‘general authority’ to expose ‘private affairs.’
‘Broad as is [Congress’] power of inquiry, it is not unlimited,’ the court stated. ‘There is no general authority to expose the private affairs of individuals without justification in terms of the functions of the Congress.'”
I feel pretty confident that even I can interpret this ruling.
For the time being, it appears that Trump’s team is standing strong:
“Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has denied multiple requests from Democrats asking for access to Trump’s tax returns and rejected a subpoena from the Ways and Means Committee in May. Republicans argue Democrats’ request for the information is not legitimate but a politically motivated attack.”
What will result from this? Probably nothing.
This skipping record is all hype and doesn’t have a B-side that results in President Trump not finishing his term.