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Mulvaney Vows Democrats Will "Never" See Trump's Tax Returns
Written by <a href="index.php?option=com_comprofiler&task=userProfile&user=24110"><span class="small">Daniel Politi, Slate</span></a>   
Sunday, 07 April 2019 13:37

Politi writes: "Acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney had a clear message for Democrats Sunday: Don’t hold your breath."

Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney testifies during a House Appropriations Committee hearing on Capitol Hill, April 18, 2018 in Washington, D.C. (photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney testifies during a House Appropriations Committee hearing on Capitol Hill, April 18, 2018 in Washington, D.C. (photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images)


Mulvaney Vows Democrats Will "Never" See Trump's Tax Returns

By Daniel Politi, Slate

07 April 19

 

cting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney had a clear message for Democrats Sunday: Don’t hold your breath. Mulvaney expressed certainty that congressional Democrats would not be able to move forward with their plan to get the IRS to deliver President Donald Trump’s tax returns. “Oh no, never—nor should they,” Mulvaney said on Fox News Sunday when asked whether Democrats will ever see the documents that Trump has long refused to release. “That’s an issue that was already litigated during the election. Voters knew the president could have given his tax returns. They knew that he didn’t and they elected him anyway.”

In Mulvaney’s view, the question of Trump’s tax returns shouldn’t even be on the table because the voters already made clear they don’t really care what they contain. “Keep in mind, that’s an issue that was already litigated during the election,” Mulvaney said. “Voters knew the president could have given his tax returns, they knew that he didn’t, and they elected him anyway—which, of course, is what drives the Democrats crazy.”

Mulvaney said Democrats won’t be surprised by his words because they “know they’re not going to” get the returns but characterized the request as part of a strategy to avoid policy discussions. “If they don’t get what they want in the Mueller report, they’re going to ask for the taxes,” Mulvaney said. “If they don’t get what they want in the taxes, they’re going to ask for something else. It doesn’t surprise anybody.”

House Ways and Means Chairman Richard Neal formally asked this past week for the IRS to hand over six years of Trump’s personal and business tax returns. Trump later joked that asking for six years could be a sign that Democrats are “giving up” but insisted he has no plans on releasing the documents using the same old excuse he has been uttering since the campaign. “Is that all? Usually it’s 10,” Trump said. “So I guess they’re giving up. No, we’re under audit, despite what people said, and we’re working that out—I’m always under audit, it seems, but I’ve been under audit for many years, because the numbers are big, and I guess when you have a name, you’re audited. But until such time as I’m not under audit, I would not be inclined to do that.”

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+3 # chapdrum 2019-04-07 18:30
One word: exile.
 
 
+2 # Texas Aggie 2019-04-08 00:28
The IRS would like to know who is auditing you because it isn't them. And how are you going to keep your returns from getting from your accounts to the Committee via a subpoena?

As for litigation, the law plainly states that the proper committee has the legal right to demand anyone's tax return and the IRS has to come up with it. And as for the vote, many more than 3 million people voted against him than for him. That means that that particular "litigation" says release the returns.
 
 
+2 # Caliban 2019-04-08 01:09
What to do?

Issue a subpoena and fight the matter in court for as long as it takes either to win the case or to demonstrate how much the country needs to be rid of the Donald and his toadies.
 
 
+1 # tomwalker8 2019-04-08 12:30
To frame this battle as Democrats vs Republicans is disingenuous in the extreme. As of December 2018, "A new Harvard CAPS/Harris poll finds 63% of registered voters say that House Democratic leadership in the next session of Congress should be allowed to publicize the president’s tax returns, while 37% say it shouldn’t." Either democrats represent a much larger share of registered voters than anyone knew, or plenty of republicans, independents (of which I count myself) and others also think his returns should be released.
 
 
0 # lfeuille 2019-04-08 20:19
Yeah, but what the people want somehow doesn't matter to the Democrats and Republicans who control government. The people trying to keep the returns hidden are Republicans and the people trying to get them released are Democrats.