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Justice Dept. issues memo backing Mnuchinís refusal to give Trumpís tax returns to Congress
Washington Post ^ | June 14, 2019 | Devlin Barrett and Devlin Barrett

Posted on 06/14/2019 7:12:53 PM PDT by Innovative

The Justice Department on Friday released its legal rationale for refusing to provide President Trump’s tax returns to Congress, arguing that House Democrats want to make the documents public, which “is not a legitimate legislative purpose.”

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin refused to hand the documents over early last month, writing in a letter to House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard E. Neal (D-Mass.) that the committee’s demand was “unprecedented” and could “have lasting consequences for all taxpayers.” After getting legal advice from the Justice Department, Mnuchin said he had determined the request should be refused.

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Good. There was no good reason to request it, just a fishing expedition by the Dems.
1 posted on 06/14/2019 7:12:53 PM PDT by Innovative
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To: Innovative
legal rationale

They're talking like the Trump administration is on shaky ground here. I don't think there is any basis in law where Congress can demand the tax return of anybody without criminal chargers or subpoena.

Trumps gotta start fighting back much harder. I'm sure there is boatloads of dirt on Democrats ... enough to make them pause to think.

That or start arresting people involved in interfering with the executive branch.

2 posted on 06/14/2019 7:24:55 PM PDT by Fhios
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3 posted on 06/14/2019 7:25:46 PM PDT by musicman (The future is just a collection of successive nows.)
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To: Fhios; bitt; Innovative

OLC Opinion: Congressional Committee’s Request for the President’s Tax Returns
https://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3756936/posts


4 posted on 06/14/2019 8:25:03 PM PDT by Whenifhow (when, if and how will Obama be gone?)
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To: Innovative

We don’t need congressional committees to scrutinize the tax returns of everyone on their enemies list. We have an IRS, and as they admitted, over-scrutinize conservatives already.


5 posted on 06/14/2019 8:28:30 PM PDT by libertylover (Democrats hated Lincoln too.)
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To: Innovative

EXCELLENT!


6 posted on 06/14/2019 9:06:11 PM PDT by onyx
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To: Innovative

Why would any Republican ask the Department of Justice for legal advice?


7 posted on 06/15/2019 2:45:01 AM PDT by zeestephen
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To: Innovative

I’d love to see the tax returns and investment history of all members of congress. Let us see how they become millionaires.


8 posted on 06/15/2019 6:24:06 AM PDT by Pollard (If you don't understand what I typed, you haven't read the classics.)
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To: zeestephen

The Dept of Justice is supposed to follow the law.

There is no lawful reason to request Pres. Trump’s tax returns.


9 posted on 06/15/2019 9:01:14 AM PDT by Innovative
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To: Pollard

“I’d love to see the tax returns and investment history of all members of congress. Let us see how they become millionaires.”

You and me both. Include the Obamas and Clintons.


10 posted on 06/15/2019 9:02:17 AM PDT by Innovative
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LINK to thread on twitter

Justice Dept. issues memo backing Mnuchin’s refusal to give Trump’s tax returns to Congresshttps://t.co/LBs1BahKOI
Discussion:https://t.co/tvjPp6mNTv— Slip Stream News (@GaryZPon) June 15, 2019

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11 posted on 06/15/2019 12:37:36 PM PDT by Syncro (Facts is Facts)
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To: Innovative

Re: The Dept of Justice is supposed to follow the law.
There is no lawful reason to request Pres. Trump’s tax returns.

I agree.

But why would President Trump ask a federal Cabinet department that has done its very best to destroy him to defend him - on ANY issue?

Trump is wealthy. Why doesn’t he hire lawyers who believe in him and will passionately and relentlessly defend him?


12 posted on 06/15/2019 4:11:50 PM PDT by zeestephen
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To: zeestephen

I think because as a president, he needs to take actions as a president, not as an individual.

If he acted as an individual, they would want to impeach him for that.

But I am sure he has the best advisors.

He just has too many vicious enemies too, unfortunately.


13 posted on 06/15/2019 4:16:17 PM PDT by Innovative
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