It’s time to Break It Down!
So says White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders, in and interview with “Fox News Sunday” host, Chris Wallace. In a next up sort of way, Sanders trotted out a new rationale for why Democrats in the House of Representatives, as Acting White House Chief of Staff, Mick Mulvaney said, will never see Trump’s taxes. When asked by Fox News if Democrats’ efforts to obtain Trump’s tax returns would succeed, Mulvaney said:
“No, never. Nor should they.” He added: “Democrats are demanding that the IRS turn over the documents. That is not going to happen, and they know it. This is a political stunt.”
Trump has a proverbial phalanx of support aiding in shielding his taxes from the sunlight of public, or even Congressional scrutiny. Rep. Richard Neal, D-MA sent the IRS a formal request, asking for six years of Mr. Trump’s tax returns. He asserted, in his role as Chair of the Joint Committee on Taxation, that the committee “has a responsibility to conduct oversight of our voluntary Federal tax system and determine how Americans — including those elected to our highest office — are complying with those laws.”
Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, who oversees the IRS, weighed in, writing in a letter, “The Committee’s request raises serious issues concerning the constitutional scope of Congressional investigative authority, the legitimacy of the asserted legislative purpose, and the constitutional rights of American citizens.”
Ms. Sanders’ retort was yet another shot across the bow, warning Democrats that the GOP apparatus is fully on board in circling the wagons to prevent the release of Trump’s taxes. Her direct broadside attack on Democrats’ intellectual capacity is yet another indication she is comfortable parroting her boss’ attacking style. She first referred to Democrats’ requests for Trump’s tax returns as “a disgusting overreach,” and warned that they are headed down “a dangerous road.”
It was after that less than subtle dig that she went into full-throated Trump mode. She added:
“I don’t think Congress, particularly not this group of congressmen and women, are smart enough to look through the thousands of pages that I would assume that President Trump’s taxes will be.
My guess is most of them don’t do their own taxes and I certainly don’t trust them to look through the decades of success that the president has and determine anything.”
It is all but certain Trump smiled as he watched her performance (And you know he watched; if not live, as soon as he returned to his TV screen from the links. It was Sunday, after all). He may even have added that she delivered the lines…just as he would have, or possibly, as he instructed her to do. Moreover, beyond Trump’s obvious delight, Ms. Sanders was apparently proud in her own right. She later reprised the moment in tweet:
“Democrats in Congress aren’t smart enough to understand the President’s tax returns and probably don’t even understand how to do their own…”
Not surprisingly, there were a number of responses to Ms. Sanders snarky commentary, including noting that there are a minimum of 10 accountants currently in Congress, at least three of whom are Democrats…not that Sanders specifically cited Democrats as being the tax-inept lightweights. But you just know that’s what she meant. After all, who’s asking for the tax returns?
As noted above, in framing his request, Chairman Neal asked for six years of Trump’s Tax returns. He cited a law that says the Treasury Department “shall furnish” the committee with “any return or return information” upon request. At this point it’s safe to say the two sides are dug in. The House Democrats are sure to keeping coming after Trump’s taxes, and Team Trump is certain to install every obstacle imaginable to keep Democrats from obtaining them. The matter appears headed to court where Trump is betting his stable of appointees will tilt the ultimate decision in his favor, and save him from the revelation all Democrats, and a majority od Americans think is warranted. In addition to the fact that process is likely to take years, if indeed, it turns out that way, then as much as it sucks, Sanders, and her Knight, will have won the day…”Trump’s Taxes: Dems Not Up To The Challenge!”
I’m done; holla back!
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