Democrats have spent the entire Trump presidency complaining about alleged abuses of power.
And then, they turn around and demand the man’s tax returns. So, if you to be president – or, by extension, serve the country in any official capacity or even become famous – politicians in Congress can just decide they want to extract your taxes from the bureaucracy and look them over. Especially, you know, if they don’t like you.
Now that’s abuse of power.
Here, according to Politico, is their justification for seeking President Trump’s taxes:
Democrats contend they do have a good policy reason for getting Trump’s returns, saying they have a responsibility to oversee the IRS and want to know how well the agency — which has a policy of auditing every president — is scrutinizing Trump’s returns.
Let’s talk about that. They want to do IRS oversight by looking at how the agency handled one man’s taxes before he became president.
It’s like a doctor saying he wants to check your brain function by examining your toe. Oh, your toe works pretty good, and the brain controls the toe. So your brain must be fine.
That is, this is not IRS oversight, obviously. It’s Trump oversight. It’s a fishing expedition. Or a witch hunt, take your pick.
It’s a toe examination, not a brain scan.
The courts will consider just this kind of thing when they decide whether the Ways and Means Committee actually has the right to Trump’s tax returns under a law that says they “shall” get them. It’s possible they “shall not.”
According to Politico.
A looming legal showdown between Democrats and the White House over lawmakers’ bid to vet President Donald Trump’s tax returns could turn on a single question: Why do Democrats want them?
Motivations will matter because, while Democrats are relying on a statute declaring that the Treasury Secretary “shall” hand over any returns requested by the heads of Congress’ tax committees, the courts have said lawmakers need a legitimate legislative reason for their investigations.
Lawmakers routinely use the law to privately examine the confidential tax returns of companies, for example, to help inform the tax policymaking process. But it’s another thing entirely to seize the president’s returns with plans to release at least some of his confidential tax information to the public.
Determining who is right — if Democrats’ demands are motivated by political animus or if lawmakers are just doing their jobs — will be a key issue as the battle moves into the legal system as expected.
There is no reasonable person who thinks this is about IRS oversight. And now that Trump is appointing them, there are a growing number of reasonable judges.