Monday, February 13, 2017

Congressman moves ahead with using old law to gain access to Donald Trump's tax returns.

Oh shit!
Courtesy of USA Today: 

A New Jersey congressman says a rarely invoked 1924 law could be used to examine President Donald Trump's tax returns for possible conflicts of interest and Constitutional violations. 

Rep. Bill Pascrell, a Democrat who serves on the Ways and Means Committee, has asked the committee’s chairman, Rep. Kevin Brady of Texas, to order the Treasury Department to provide tax returns to the committee. Brady's office did not respond to a request for comment Friday. 

After privately examining returns — Pascrell is seeking 10 years' worth — the committee could decide to share them with the full House, which would in effect make them public. The 1924 law gives congressional committees that set tax policy the power to examine tax returns. It was used in 1974 when Congress looked at President Richard Nixon's returns, and in 2014 when the Ways and Means Committee released confidential tax information as part of its investigation into the Internal Revenue Service's handling of applications for nonprofit status.

You may remember that I brought this ability by Congress to get their hands on Trump's tax returns on Wednesday. At the time I could not understand why nobody was dong this.

Well now they are.

I have no idea how long Trump can restrain himself from attacking this guy on Twitter, since we all know that this is perhaps one of his greatest fears.

I am not at all sure what is in these tax returns (Though I can imagine,) but whatever it is Trump is clearly desperate to keep them away from public scrutiny.


  1. Boy this will interesting.

    A SD native, Brady was one of the engineers of TPP which Trump killed. Brady then praised Trump for being an aggressive president. He also has commented that people elected Trump without Trump's release of taxes so this may not go anywhere.

    Surprise, surprise.

    1. Anonymous2:05 PM

      What a BS answer, too chicken? The president is not the average American especially with his love for all things russian.


      US House tax committee will not seek Trump tax returns

      A congressional tax oversight committee will not seek U.S. President Donald Trump’s tax returns, despite calls from Democrats for a review to determine possible business ties to foreign countries including Russia, the panel’s Republican chairman said on Monday.

      “If Congress begins to use its powers to rummage around in the tax returns of the president, what prevents Congress from doing the same to average Americans?” House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady told reporters.

      “Privacy and civil liberties are still important rights in this country, and (the) Ways and Means Committee is not going to start to weaken them.”............

  2. That congressman is eighty and finally doing something great. I don't think he'll be intimidated. Go for it Sir.

    1. It is one more rope holding Trump down...they are adding up. Like an evil Gulliver on the beach, the townsfolk tie him up good. Every day is another day of resistance on many fronts.

  3. Anonymous6:57 AM

    --Stephen Miller has been crowing all morning about how he "kicked the media's ass" on Sunday. He has no idea how ridiculous he looked.

    --The NSA is right to hide info from the White House. I'm positive someone here is a Russian mole.

    --The print “captures the essence of Donald Trump's campaign.” And of our lives inside his White House.

    --Regarding Flynn, he's not going anywhere. Pence/Priebus camps may hate him by now, but POTUS is committed. And they think they know why.

    --Sanction talk is missing the big picture. Flynn tapped for a reason. Boot him, POTUS will just replace w/ another conduit to Putin.

    --POTUS looking forward to getting back at Trudeau for Twitter trolling RE refugees.

    --We are contemplating stowing away on RCAF 001. We hear they're cool with refugees.

    White House staff hold secret midnight meeting to plot around Donald Trump

    It sounds like the kind of scene one would only expect to encounter in a bad spy novel purchased at an airport gift shop and swiftly discarded once the flight is finished. But the frantic, chaotic, clandestine transgressions now leaking out of Donald Trump’s White House have reached the point where his flight may soon be finished — as staffers admit to major newspapers that they’re resorting to holding secret midnight meetings to plot around him and his remaining loyalists.

    Russia-gate: Donald Trump has banned Michael Flynn from the White House

    How can the White House have a National Security Advisor who’s been banned from the White House? That’s the current situation, in a sign of just how chaotically out of control Donald Trump and his administration are spiraling as the Russia scandal closes in on them. Although Trump has not yet fired Michael Flynn for getting caught illegally colluding with Russia, he has rather bizarrely banished Flynn from the White House going forward.

    1. Anonymous8:21 AM

      "Media outlets have hired more reporters. They are getting focused like a laser beam on Trump and those around him."Anti Trump Protests are every where."

    2. Anonymous9:15 AM

      So "banished" is now the new-speak for "disappeared"? Flynn knows far too much for his own safety...

  4. Anonymous7:12 AM

    I don't think a GOP House will allow anyone to see Trump's tax returns. They'd rather not look because the conflicts will jump out all over the place. And the GOP is fine with whatever Trump does as long as they can go on destroying every good thing that has happened in this country in the last eighty years. Besides I don't think anything about the Russian connections would be found in the tax returns. They are deeply hidden below layers and layers of con artistry.

    1. Marthe8:05 AM

      Sadly, I have to agree with you Beaglemom. The GOP will do anything to prevent damaging information from leaking out. They're in control and they want to keep it that way. Plus, Trump is an idiot, but he is still cunning enough to cover his tracks. Any link to the Russians and other illegal transactions will not be obvious from the information contained in his tax returns. However, we may get confirmation that he is not as wealthy as he says from his declared income. That would take him down a peg. Nevertheless, it's worth a try because there must be something damaging inside since he's so afraid of showing them.
      I also wanted to tell you Beaglemom that I always appreciate and like your comments.

    2. Anonymous9:20 AM

      I do not think Trump is cunning -- he is too narcissistic to think he could be anything less than above questioning, and the law -- thus his many, many mistakes in just a few weeks. He has no overall plan, is just winging it, reacting to insults primarily.

      If his tax people are smart, forensic tax accounts are just as smart.

    3. Marthe10:00 AM

      You may well be right 9:20 AM. His belief that he is above the law and smarter than anyone else may lead to his downfall. However, there is a limit as to the amount of information that is immediately available in the tax return itself. That's why there are audits and further documents and investigations are often required. That being said, the tax returns are a good start to find out where to look when an item raises suspicion. It would be awesome if they can be obtained.

    4. Anonymous10:46 AM

      I think that the GOP feel they have to give him enough time to do enough damage to be able to get rid of him without losing their constituents who voted for him.They seem to feel that their future in politics is worth more than our future as a country.

  5. Anonymous7:53 AM

    drumpf can'T READ:

  6. Anonymous7:57 AM

    “They’re scared that their political career will be destroyed by a tweet from President Trump,” Jolly said. “The other is, stay silent and pass an agenda.”

  7. Anonymous8:15 AM

  8. Anonymous8:27 AM

    OT -

    Trump sits in the middle of Mar-A-Lago dining room and discusses North Korea missle launch.



  9. Anonymous8:30 AM

    Is Trump Advisor Steve Schwarzman The Missing Link In The Rosneft Scandal?

  10. Anonymous8:30 AM

    White supremacists are canceling their Netflix over 'Dear White People'

    1. Anonymous12:08 PM

      What do they call these boys? The butt hurt bunch? These cotton balls are a band of whiners. They're always so very brave when it's 20 to 1.

  11. Anonymous8:44 AM

    Morning Joe Reacts With Horror to Claims Trump’s Power Will Not be Questioned

  12. Anonymous8:44 AM

    Trump Publicly Conspired With Putin By Praising Delay on Reaction to Sanctions

  13. Anonymous8:50 AM

    White House staff putting out ‘400 fires’ a day as Priebus and Flynn look like they might get the boot

    Trump is trying to figure out who he should trust. This is totally new for him, so he's trying to figure out who the strong ones are and who the weak ones are.

  14. Anonymous8:53 AM

    Trump 101: one thing he really believes

    Trump often pops off more for effect than out of core conviction, but there's one thing he has believed constantly for 30 years: America should be tougher on trade and retaliate against foreign governments who he thinks rip the U.S. off.

  15. Anonymous9:04 AM

    Another couple with dubious resumes.
    The husband-and-wife team driving Trump's national security policy

    Before they became a Trump administration power couple, Sebastian and Katharine Gorka were prolific collaborators on research about the threat of Islamist terrorism.

    He is also a NAZI?
    Can You Spot the Nazi Collaborator Medal on This Trump Adviser?

    .... of Deputy Assistant to the President Sebastian Gorka wearing a medal which was given to the members of the Vitézi Rend, a Hungarian group which took orders from and collaborated with the Nazi government....

  16. Anonymous10:05 AM

    OT?"This Manichean view of the relationship between political parties and the performance of the stock markets and the economy is, of course, WRONG."
    "Tim Matheson’s Otter in Animal House:
    “You fucked up. You trusted us!”

  17. Anonymous10:42 AM

    "Afterward, they adjourned to an outdoor patio, where National Security Advisor Michael Flynn and Chief Strategist Stephen Bannon held cell phones lights to illuminate the documents in the dark."

    Apparently no one bothered to think about the fact that those phones acting as flashlights could be hacked into, and the contents of highly classified material easily captured.

    But this Despotus is not someone who thinks. Or perhaps, doesn't care, since the Russians appear to have a mole in the White House itself.

    Archie Butt

  18. Uh, no they're not.

    A Democrat on the committee has requested the Republican that chairs the committee. That's all.

    I expect that request is going to be denied and this is going to go nowhere.

    Just you watch.


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