Surely you don’t think the IRS always picks up illegal behavior in an audit. We know they don’t. Best to get a second set of eyes.
I don’t believe I ever said they are required to release their tax returns… Of course they do it for votes… Ford started the trend by releasing his proactively (unlike Nixon) to demonstrate to voters that he was not a tax cheat… Trump is the first president since then to not release them. The power for the house ways and means committee to review ANY tax return goes all the way back to 1924…
Like I said earlier, the executive branch has the same power, they should exercise it in the same fashion and pull the tax returns of every democrat in congress, you know, just to get some extra eyes on them.
You think there will be gridlock now? Where have you been?
Oh, I am aware the executive branch has the same power but it also has additional stipulations that are not required of congressional committees…
(g) Disclosure to President and certain other persons
(1) In general
Upon written request by the President, signed by him personally, the Secretary shall furnish to the President, or to such employee or employees of the White House Office as the President may designate by name in such request, a return or return information with respect to any taxpayer named in such request. Any such request shall state—
(A) the name and address of the taxpayer whose return or return information is to be disclosed,
(B) the kind of return or return information which is to be disclosed,
© the taxable period or periods covered by such return or return information, and
(D) the specific reason why the inspection or disclosure is requested.
Why do you suppose those additional stipulations are in there?
I don’t see anything there that would prevent them from doing so.
You didn’t answer the question… Why would the law add these additional requirements for the president?
What “explanation” is that? No one said the president was required to do so. Your deflection is showing.
Right. It’s just a collection agency.
I’d be stunned by anything else anymore.
I would imagine to give congress notice it was being done and why so that if they objected, they could impeach. So what? If you are going to have congressional Democrats pulling Trumps for political reasons I don’t see Senate Republicans impeaching him for returning the favor.
You are all over the place running interference for trump.
Doesn’t have a lot to do with Trump. Do you want congress pulling your tax returns if they deem you a threat to them politically?
You do realize it’s Democrats you’re talking about, right? There are a few exceptions, but when for the most part has the party in general ever been the adults in the room?
I’d be more curious why if Congress doesn’t have the same stipulations for pulling Trump’s tax returns as the President does, why the big deal with the media announcing they’re going to do it? They don’t even need Trump’s permission to pull them apparently, so why the big deal? Unless of course it’s just more smoke and mirrors and they already know there is no there there. Again.
But it would be an abuse if done by Republicans? For every Democrat that wants to see Trump’s tax returns let them be brave enough to show theirs as well.
Hey it’s just like over in another thread. When A Republican Congress blocks the President’s policy, it’s obstruction. When Democrats block the President’s policy, it’s checks and balances.
Yes, they should.
They can follow that up with some “random” drug screening as well.
You think the Senate is going to spend two years pushing Trump after he failed to get 21 + people elected?