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Lines In The Sand: Justice Department Sides With Treasury On Trump's Taxes

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Well, in case you missed it, the Treasury Department got some legal support from the Justice Department, which offered a legal opinion concerning the House Democrats’ crusade to get ahold of Donald Trump’s tax returns. In fact, they want six years worth of returns, including those from his business interests. It’s a witch-hunt. It’s all part of the Democrats’ endless search and destroy mission. They want something they can pursue impeachment proceedings on now that the Mueller report has torched their Russian collusion play. Last Friday, the DOJ was quite clear: Treasury doesn’t have to surrender jack to Democrats (via Roll Call):

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The Justice Department released an opinion Friday that backed up the Treasury Department’s decision not to give Congress copies of President Donald Trump’s tax returns, concluding that the “true aim” was to make the documents public and that “is not a legitimate legislative purpose.”

The Office of Legal Counsel opinion comes after Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin refused to comply with a subpoena for Trump’s tax returns from House Ways and Means Chairman Richard E. Neal last month.

The OLC acknowledges that a law does not require Neal to state a purpose when requesting tax returns.

But the agency concluded that Congress can’t give itself the right to compel information that does not serve a legitimate legislative purpose, and that Neal’s request was “pretextual.”

OK, so, this is one of the many lines being drawn in the sand between congressional Democrats and the Trump White House. It’s an all-out war. Yet, we knew this tension was going to happen. No, it was going to erupt. Democrats promised their rabid base that impeachment would happen. They need to make some effort to that effect—and what you get is quite the in-kind contribution to the 2020 re-elect campaign of Donald Trump. All this does is animate the GOP base and isolate independent voters who could very well be talked into voting for Trump if the Left continues this witch hunt in the midst of a solid economy thanks to Trump policies. They may not like the guy, but Democrats are eons ahead in the ‘look at us we’re crazy’ contest. Everyone sees this for what it is now. And with the FISA spy warrant fiasco about to come to a head with the pending IG report on that circus—America is going to see why they should be very afraid of their government.  In the meantime, start packing sandbags. The siege is going to be a lengthy one. 

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