The Left couldn’t be bothered to pursue Clinton Foundation transparency when Hillary was Secretary of State, but hypocrisy isn’t holding them back from weaponizing tax laws to attack President Trump. A request made Wednesday by Representative Richard Neal (D-MA), chair of the House Ways and Means Committee, became the first member of Congress in 45 years to demand a sitting president’s tax information, according to Fox News. Neal defended his demands for President Trump’s personal and business taxes for the past six years, arguing “To maintain trust in our democracy, the American people must be assured that their government is operating properly, as laws intend.” Memo to Democrats: we already had an election, governed by the FEC.
Here’s more from Fox News…
President Trump responded with a dismissive taunt on Wednesday after a House committee chairman formally requested the IRS provide several years of his personal and business tax returns, in a move that prompted congressional Republicans to warn that Democrats had “weaponized” tax law.
Told by a reporter at the White House that Democrats wanted six years of his tax returns, Trump replied: “Is that all? Usually it’s 10. So I guess they’re giving up. 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.”
The request Wednesday by Massachusetts Rep. Richard Neal, who heads the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee, is the first such demand for a sitting president’s tax information in 45 years. The move sets up a virtually certain legal showdown with the White House.