When Democrats claimed they were doing to do great things for America if they were put back in power, voters probably didn’t think that meant they would immediately go fishing. But that’s all they’ve done since retaking the House: gone on endless fishing expeditions, concocting investigations and writing subpoenas and now, requesting that the IRS show them six years’ worth of President Trump’s personal and business tax returns, all in a desperate fishing expedition to turn up something – anything! – to impeach him over.
Good thing America doesn’t have any real problems that Congress should be working on.
You’d think that after fishing for two years in the Russian Sea and coming up empty, they would have gotten this out of their system, but no, they’re hanging up the “Gone Fishin’” sign again.
Do these House Democrats really think that Trump makes out his own tax forms? That he writes in “Russian bribe money” under “Additional sources of income”? Do they even know how long a billionaire’s tax form is and how many people are employed to fill it out? Do they believe he’s even read it himself?
This will likely set up another protracted, pointless, time- and money-wasting legal battle. Trump will have difficulty keeping them from obtaining his personal tax files, since the law allows Congress to request any taxpayer’s forms. But the law also requires that those forms be kept confidential. We all know that if they get their hands on Trump’s tax forms, they’ll be in the New York Times faster than you can “Adam Schiff.” They couldn’t keep them confidential; their heads would explode after five minutes.
Since they have no specific reason for requesting the forms, other than snooping for some scandal that Trump would actually put on his tax form, this is obviously just a partisan attempt to weaponize the tax laws to undermine the President (more support for that can be found in the fact that while Congress may have a legal right to request a President’s tax forms, Trump is the first President they’ve done it to in 45 years.)
Ironically, in attempting to justify the request, Massachusetts Rep. Richard Neal, head of the House Ways and Means Committee, wrote to the IRS that Democrats have a duty "to ensure that the Internal Revenue Service is enforcing the laws in a fair and impartial manner…” (like they did to nonprofit Tea Party groups under Obama?)...“It is critical to ensure the accountability of our government and elected officials. To maintain trust in our democracy, the American people must be assured that their government is operating properly, as laws intend."
I agree with him on that. So when are he and his colleagues going to start?