We need to know what Donald Trump is hiding
And, with Trump’s stooges in charge of the Treasury Department, the IRS isn’t responding to House Democrats’ legal request for tax documents.
So the legislature of New York passed a new law, giving Congress the power to request state tax returns of elected officials―including Donald J. Trump.
Rep. Richard Neal, the chair of the House Ways & Means Committee, can exercise this power. But instead he spent months twiddling his fingers and delaying a court battle to get Trump’s federal tax returns. Now he’s showing little interest in using his new power to get Trump’s state tax returns.
Americans deserve to know for sure if the man in the White House is a crook.
In case you need a reminder, here’s what we could learn from Trump’s tax returns:
- Tax fraud. A breathtaking New York Times investigation found that the Trump family used shell companies, illegal markups and undervalued properties to transfer millions from Fred Trump to Donald and his other children. The reporting not only explodes the myth of Trump the self-made billionaire, but also specifies “instances of outright fraud.”4
- Compromising financial ties to Russian oligarchs or the super-rich in America. Without a look at his tax returns, the American public cannot know whether Trump’s current debt or his previous business partnerships obligate him financially to Russian oligarchs aligned with Vladimir Putin.
- Profiting from the Trump Tax Scam while holding office. A government watchdog filed a lawsuit just days after the inauguration claiming that Trump is in violation of the Constitution because any payments to Trump from foreign entities violates the anti-bribery “emoluments” clause of the Constitution. It appears clear that Trump is using his position to enrich himself and his family.