It’s an abuse of power that the Congress is asking for an individual’s tax returns for political purposes.
Democratic Rep. Richard Neal of Massachusetts is dressing up raw political action as some kind of principled oversight. It’s a dangerous precedent.
This is an obvious fishing expedition by the House Ways and Means chairman. It serves to confirm President Trump’s frequent claims that he is the victim of a witch hunt.
Trump is right about one thing. Clearly, the Democrats are not concerned about political backlash from continuing their investigations. Not only does the Democratic leadership want to proceed despite Robert Mueller coming up empty-handed, but they are forced to anyway by their base.
The Democrats will never be satisfied until the day Trump leaves office. It’s a factor of his presidency, and one that distracts him from keeping the country safe and making life here better. Democrats ought to add that to their calculations as they pursue “oversight,” now that a basically independent investigation has finished.
The MSM will continue to participate in this, doubling and tripling down. They too will never get enough of investigating Trump and trying to be the next Woodward and Bernstein. Where was all the investigative reporting into Barack Obama’s background in machine-politics Chicago? Just didn’t seem as exciting to them.
What do they actually think they are going to find in his tax returns? How likely is it that he decided to submit information to the government that could get him indicted? But they know they’ll find information with which they can try to humiliate him.
According to the Washington Times, Neal is not going to be demanding his own tax returns anytime soon:
The Democratic chairman who’s demanding to see President Trump’s tax returns says he’d have no problem releasing his own returns — later.
“Oh, sure — down the road, sure, that’s nothing,” Rep. Richard Neal said Thursday when asked if he would commit to releasing some of his personal returns. “I’ve done that in the past, by the way.” Neal’s office didn’t respond to a question about when that might have been, and a Roll Call survey in 2017 found no record of a previous release of his tax returns.
New England Public Radio also tried to pry loose his tax returns in 2017, asking five separate times for copies. The congressman rebuffed each request.