House Democrats Sue IRS For Trump Tax Returns

House Democrats have filed a lawsuit in an attempt to force the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to turn over the President Trump’s tax returns, according to the Washington Postciting a public court filing.

The House Ways and Means Committee, chaired by Rep. Richard E. Neal (D-MA), filed the lawsuit against the IRS Tuesday morning following a months-long impasse with the Trump administration over the returns.

The request had been denied several times by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, whose decision to ignore a May subpoena from Neal’s committee was backed by the Justice Department in June after the DOJ advised it.

Mnuchin’s refusal caused Neal to seek a court battle which legal experts believe may go all the way to the Supreme Court, according to the Post. a

The lawsuit will also sort out a range of oversight questions between the Executive Branch and Congress.

This is a big deal that goes to the core of our government’s checks and balances, and could for many years shape the relationship between the executive and legislative branches,” said Steven Rosenthal, a legal expert with the Tax Policy Center.

House Democrats and legal experts have pointed to a 1924 law that explicitly gives lawmakers the authority to seek the records, but the Trump administration has characterized Neal’s request as a partisan maneuver to embarrass his political opponents. Mick Mulvaney, Trump’s acting chief of staff, has said Democrats will “never” see Trump’s returns. –Washington Post

Responding to Rep. Neal’s April demand for the personal and business returns from 2013 to 2018, Trump said that the law is “100 percent” on his side over his decision not to release the returns, adding that he “absolutely” would once the IRS stops auditing him.

“Hey, I’m under audit. But that’s up to whoever it is. From what I understand the law is 100 percent on my side,” Trump told reporters. He has told his advisers that he’s willing to take the fight to the Supreme Court, and has publicly argued that since he won the election, his taxes should no longer be of concern.

 

The IRS, meanwhile, has stated that audits don’t preclude people from releasing their own tax information.

Neal’s subpoenas to Mnuchin and IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig requested the IRS turn over Trump’s individual income tax returns, all “administrative files” such as affidavits for those income tax returns, and income tax returns for a number of Trump’s business holdings such as the Donald Trump Revocable Trust, an umbrella entity that controls dozens of other businesses including the Mar-a-Lago Club in Florida. –Washington Post

Trump’s refusal to release his tax returns during the 2016 presidential election is a break from decades of precedent, according to the Post. That said, there’s never been a billionaire in the White House.

via zerohedge

32 comments

  1. All elected officials should have there personal records available to public,income tax ,police…etc should be public information,since they are supposed to be public servatnts!!!!

    1. Trump’s Tax records cannot be released with his permission or for a legitimate legal reason. Public officials have the same right to privacy as any other citizen. See EPIC v IRS, USCCA for DC (2018).

    2. YEAH, RIGHT, SAME AS OBAMA RELEASED HIS COLLEGE RECORDS. THAT WOULD HAVE PROVEN ONCE AND FOR ALL WEATHER HE WAS A EXCHANGE STUDENT OR NOT. OF COURSE THAT MIGHT HAVE ALSO PROVEN THAT HE WAS A ILLEGITIMATE PRESIDENT. YOU CANT HAVE IT BOTH WAYS.

      1. Democrats have it one way! their way! When Trump shows his is when Stapleton Shows his $4 Million owed, Izaia Cummins his $4 Million in back taxes owed. I understand 70% of our Congressmen and Senate owes back taxes!

    3. No where in the Constitution or The Bill of Rights does it say that the public has the right to examine the presidents tax records. I feel it is no ones business how much money they made and PAID their taxes on.

  2. Mark Levin says Trump does not have to give Democrats his tax
    Returns! What are they up to!? NO GOOD as always!
    Get a life ! Leave him alone! Get on with nation’s
    Business at hand. Stall, stall, that and hate hate hate
    !
    You are a disgrace Democrats! I hope you all are plowed
    Under in 2020!

    1. trump is not above the law although he’d like to be. All dictators act like trump. A disgrace. I say: What is trump hiding??!! The fact that he’s invested in Raytheon for one. Raytheon made the missile he fired into Afghanistan which only destroyed 12 Afghan families and their homes. No “enemies.” But, he made $$$ – same a with the Water Bearers in N. Dakota – he has an interest in the pipeline carrying crude over aquafers (three have leaked already). Now, he is hijacking our Independence Day by making it a purely partisan event. (All tickets are going to GOP and his supporters), and the biggest – he pays NO taxes and he cheats everyone – even in golf. Ha Ha – what an immoral entity.

      1. All politicians EXCEPT for trump go to Washington to make a fortune. Trump had his before he went to Washington. He was not the typical swamp rat. That is precisely WHY he was elected. He literally is the first altruistic President.
        All Demonrats want is to bitch because they lost their hold on their fortunes, and they have a host of weak followers that will back them up.
        The sad thing is, the Demonrats are too stupid to understand the concepts of how Government is supposed to work. They have been trained their whole lives to depend on Government like a parent, so they can be protected little children with no worries.
        Yes public ‘servants’ should be transparent enough to have ‘open books’ and records etc., but it’s the reason behind why Rep. Richard E. Neal (D-MA) and his Demonrat cohorts want them that pisses me off. Instead of doing the job he was sent to Washington to do, he spends every waking moment trying to stall President Trumps agenda; which is somehow still making America great again, through it all.
        The previous administration lied and corrupted America so much, this president is a refreshing change. The demonrats just need to get over the election. There’s 4 more years to go . . .

      2. Simply put BS, you lefty wacko liberals are all the same!!

        Remember Hillary and Obama were your leaders and just wait to see what is exposed about them two Anti Americans !

      3. YOU ARE PROBABLY A HARD LINE DEMOCRAT SO I ASK YOU, WHAT WAS OBAMA HIDING BY NOT REVEALING HIS COLLEGE RECORDS? HE IS NO MORE PARTISAN THAN ALL OF THE STUPID DEMOCRATS RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT. LOOK AT THE BULLSHIT THAT THEY ARE RUNNING ON. LET THEM IN THEN OPEN UP YOUR WALLET, SOMEONE HAS TO PAY FOR ALL OF THEIR PROJECTED FREEBIES. I HAVE WORKED FOR EVERYTHING THAT I HAVE SO IT IS INSULTING TO ME THAT MY TAXES WILL GO TO FUND THESE HORRIBLE PROGRAMS. MAYBE YOU SHOULD GET YOUR NEWS AND CURRENT EVENTS FROM A NEWS OUTLET OTHER THAN CNN!

        1. But he gets a pass from the Democrats, because it’s all about the party….It’s not about America, it’s not about fairness, it’s about the Democrats hating all who are Republican, the Republicans have faults too, but the Dems have us beat

      4. You may believe Trump is corrupt, and maybe he does have a few skeletons in his closet,..but guess what you idiotic asshole, THERE ISN’T ONE POLITICIAN IN CONGRESS ISN’T!!!!!! Every single one has been corrupted to some degree and NONE OF THEM WOULD SURVIVE if they were being investigated and subjected to the same madness that demoncraps are assaulting Trump with. ESPECIALLY THE DEMONCRAPS DOING THE MOST ASSAULTING!!! Every one of them should be thrown out of office along with their fake news media outlets! Trump isthe best thing that’s happened to America since Reagan, and maybe even more than Reagan! He’s certainly trying his best to clean up OBOZO’S 8 yr. mess!

      5. You can sure tell you are a DUMBOCRAT. It is none of your damn business what Trump invested in. How do you think Watters, Pelosi, Schumer and the rest of the politicians got rich. Believe me it was not legal. So shove it man. They should have to show their tax records.

  3. If the democracts are going to continue to go down this road every single democract that is in office now should reveal their taxes I like to see who is paying their salary and all the taxes they refuse to pay. There is no way that these democracts can be this super rich unless they are not doing what everyone else is doing and plus who is paying their salary. New York needs to get rid of the popular vote getting back the electoral college since the democracts can’t win on it.

    1. I agree. If the Demonrats want a law that makes Trumps taxes available, they all should have their taxes and records exposed. The trouble with all Demonrats is, they all think laws are for everyone else.
      I mean, gee wiz, when is the country going to learn that “there is a double-standard for a reason???”

  4. Nobody else has had to reveal a detailed income tax return. You’re not saying that he’s above the law. You’re saying that he has NO Constitutional rights that the Bill of Rights grants to ALL CITIZENS. (They aren’t granted to illegal invaders, or shouldn’t be.)

  5. EPIC already sued the IRS for Trump’s tax return. They LOST!! See: EPIC v IRS, U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia (2018).

      1. The House doesn’t have that power. The Treasury Secretary would have to request the Joint committee on taxation to authorize release on limited legal grounds. It is not something that the Treasury secretary can be forced to do. In any event, HE has already declined to do so saying there are no legitimate legal grounds to do so.

      2. The U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in D.C. has already ruled that President Trump does NOT have to release his tax returns. Congress will lose that fight.

        1. TRUE, HOWEVER, these are Not the old-fashioned Democrats demanding the info. IT’S the current, ” INSURRECTION league’s in socialist -in Wolf’s clothing, ” that are seeking to DESTROY OUR HONORABLE PRESIDENT, D.J. TRUMP.!

  6. O.K., SO, if you had Freely sold , say, 1 acres of your own land at $175.00, & sold too someone else 5 acres of land for &1500.00 per.acre, would you want every Tom,Rick or Harry, too free your tax Records ?, Of course not, that Sucker you hooked , would be really PO’ed AT YOU! & that PRIVATE INFORMATION, could be used as fuel to : spread False rumours about you, much like , ” the Socialist Damnarats, ” are currently trying too do to OUR CURRENT PRESIDENT; DONALD J. TRUMP !
    That is if you ever ran for public office.!
    Do you Honestly Desire too have the Government go through all & every fact of your life ?I
    Don’t you think they have way too much on you now ?
    Ever check out those PERSONAL WEB SEARCHES, TO FIND EVERYTHING ON ANYONE ?!
    IF YES, ” DO YOU LIKE IT ” ?.

  7. What is wrong with these people? They are acting like animals! What if the Republicans had pulled this shit when Obama was POTUS, Fraudulently on to of that! Obama was ineligible, to even run for POTUS! HRC, stole her chance to run against Trump! You people are sick and twisted! Criminal mother fuckers!

  8. If exposing potu income taxes is so important for democracy transparency I think they all should show their own personal and bussiness income taxes as well, let the people see how and why many of these leaches get to giverment positions as regular citizen and walked out millionaries in a few years , let us see how many of them are as honest and sincere as they claim to be, me personally have always wonder why these people fight so hard to get into goverment positions, dont you??

  9. I think that we need open season on Communist DemoRATS, the way that they are acting is embarassing to our country and an insult to the legal citizens who are paying their salaries. If it wasn’t for Trump we would be living in a dictatorship by now.

  10. WHEN IS IT TIME FOR A REVOLUTION? WHEN THE PEOPLE SAY IT IS. PERSONALLY, I THINK IT IS TIME TO STOP THE BULLSHIT GOING ON IN WASHINGTON. NADLER SITS THERE LIKE A STUFFED DUCK, NANCY CANNOT STAY SOBER, SCHUMER NEEDS TO GET LAID, WATTERS NEEDS HER MOUTH TAPED SHUT, AOC NEEDS TO BE IMPEACHED OUT OF THERE FOR THE INJUSTICE TO HER CONSTITUENCY, THE TWO MUSLIMS NEED TO BE RUN OUT OF THIS COUNTRY, AND ALL THE REST NEED TO SHUT THEIR DAMN MOUTH. TRUMP HAS DONE MORE FOR THIS COUNTRY IN 2 1/2 YEARS THAN ALL THE REST PUT TOGETHER. WE HAVE NEVER HAD IT SO GOOD.

  11. If this goes forward I wonder how many years the Trump lawyers can keep the suit in the courts. Neal joins the rest of the incompetent fools in the House.

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