House Democrats Escalate Effort to Obtain Trump Tax Returns

The vote represents only the latest skirmish between Republicans and Democrats in Congress over whether lawmakers should review Trump's tax returns.

[Editor’s note: The forced resignation of Gen. Flynn, perhaps the only decent human being in Trump’s administration, threatens to rebound very badly on the orange buffoon-in-charge. 

The fact that Trump has still not released any tax returns cannot be overlooked, it is of critical importance and he should have been forced to release all of his tax returns before the election as it is very clear that he has something to hide and that is why he is not forthcoming. 

We can speculate as to what he is hiding – most likely that his great wealth is illusory and he is not worth more than a mere fraction of what he claims, that most assets branded Trump are actually owned by shady partners with organised crime links and worst of all, that a large proportion of Trump’s financial dealings have been with Russia, as his son admitted in an interview recently. 

No wonder betting shops in England are doing a roaring trade in bets that Trump won’t see out his first term, they are even offering good odds on him not lasting to the end of 2017. Ian]

House Democrats Escalate Effort to Obtain Trump Tax Returns

Congressional Democrats on Tuesday tried but failed to pressure Republicans into seeking President Donald Trump’s tax returns, saying the scandal over Michael Flynn made it imperative to find out whether the president has business ties to Russia.

A day after the Republican chairman of the House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee dismissed the idea, the panel’s Democrats proposed an amendment demanding that the committee ask the Treasury Department for copies of Trump’s returns by March 1.

“Unless this amendment is adopted, we will never see the president’s tax returns while he’s in office,” Representative Sander Levin, a Michigan Democrat, told committee Chairman Kevin Brady at a public hearing.

Brady strongly rejected the request as an abuse of the committee’s authority.

Minutes later, committee rejected the amendment along party lines in a 23-15 vote.

The vote represents only the latest skirmish between Republicans and Democrats in Congress over whether lawmakers should review Trump’s tax returns, which critics say would help determine whether the president’s sprawling business empire poses any conflicts of interest. House Democratic aides say the political battle will continue.

The resignation of National Security Adviser Michael Flynn on Monday intensified Democratic interest in the documents, with one lawmaker warning about the potential danger of blackmail.

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3 Responses to "House Democrats Escalate Effort to Obtain Trump Tax Returns"

  1. wjabbe  February 15, 2017 at 4:44 pm

    Frankly every member of Congress, every member of the Supreme Court, Every General Officer of the Military, every member of the Executive Branch with supervisory responsibilities and many more should be forced to continually release tax returns and place them on file for any member of the public to view. Conflicts of interest are possible for all of them. This is of course why no law exists to already require this simple act. Our government is totally corrupt.

    • wjabbe  February 15, 2017 at 4:54 pm

      This is all part of the general problem of government secrecy enforced by the full military force and power of our government. This has nothing to do with national security. It has everything to do with hiding vital information from the gullible public to keep them ignorant of information which could and likely would render most of these government parasites traitors and criminals to the United States. The Founders made a terrible omission by failing to provide an amendment for stiff penalties for any government official who enforces secrecy and hides vital information from the taxpayers. Frankly nothing should be secret. We have had secrecy too long now and where has it taken us? It has allowed our country to be a virtual dictator and world tyrant. Let’s change this before it is too late.

  2. Dr. Abu-Bakr Susta  February 15, 2017 at 11:35 am

    Radio Trump-Bots still tout Trump’s titanic treasures and his supposedly self-financed campaign. Such BS.

    Trump’s leaked tax returns from 9+ years ago showed Trump taking tax losses that would result in Trump paying NO taxes for many, many years.

    A Congressional or other ethics office should be able to review Trump’s tax returns to ensure compliance. Violations of the “Emoluments Clause” can and should result in Trump’s Impeachment & Removal.

    As the media and others amass more evidence on the Trump/Russia dossier, even Republithugs will soon recognize that Trump is a liability — for everyone. Impeachment & Removal will then gather steam…

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