I previously posted about the lawsuit against Trump under the Emoluments Clause of the Constitution. The legal team intends to use the lawsuit to try to get a copy of Trump’s federal tax returns, which are needed to properly assess what income or other payments or loans Trump has received from foreign governments.
As I pointed out at the end of the post:
Sen. Ron Wyden (OR), the top Democrat on the Senate’s tax-writing committee, along with Rep. Anna G. Eshoo (D-CA), introduced legislation earlier this month to require all sitting presidents and nominated presidential candidates to release their tax returns for the past three years. Want President Trump to release his tax returns? There’s a bill for that.
Will Tea-Publicans in Congress pass this bill? Or will they enable Trump by aiding and abetting his display of contempt for the public’s right to know and possible violations of the Emoluments Clause of the Constitution?
This past week we learned the answer: aiding and abetting Trump’s display of contempt for the public’s right to know and possible violations of the Emoluments Clause of the Constitution it is!
DISCLOSURE OF DONALD TRUMP’S TAX RETURNS: Voting 233 for and 187 against, the House on Jan. 24 blocked a parliamentary move by Democrats that sought to force debate on a bill now in committee that would require sitting presidents and presidential candidates to publicly release personal tax returns for the preceding three years. Democrats took this procedural step after the Republican majority denied them a chance to offer [non-germane] amendments to HR 7 (the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act of 2017).
As a presidential candidate, Donald Trump said he would release his tax returns at the conclusion of what he said was an ongoing IRS audit. But Trump as president will not disclose his returns, a spokeswoman said days before this vote. Conway: Trump will not release tax returns.
As the Washington Post’s Paul Waldman regularly reminds readers, “As always, we must note that this excuse for keeping the returns secret is entirely bogus. The IRS doesn’t prevent anyone from releasing his or her tax returns during an audit. It’s not like releasing them publicly is going to hurt him in his negotiations with the IRS over it (after all, they already have them — they’re the IRS). For that matter, we don’t even know if Trump is in fact being audited. Despite repeated requests, he has never produced an audit letter from the IRS proving that he’s under audit.
Jim McGovern, D-Mass., said that “between (Trump’s) refusal to release his tax returns and all these business conflicts of interest, this presidency is on a collision course with corruption.”
A yes vote was to quash a Democratic bid for disclosure of Trump’s tax returns.
Voting yes: McSally, Gosar, Biggs, Schweikert, Franks.
Voting no: O’Halleran, Grijalva, Gallego, Sinema.
There you have it. Arizona’s GOP congressional caucus voted to aid and abet Trump’s display of contempt for the public’s right to know and possible violations of the Emoluments Clause of the Constitution. Ethics schmethics! Screw the Constitution! IOKIYAR.
Contact your Congress critter to register your disgust.