WSJ: Trump To Contest Tax Return Disclosure To Congress

US President Donald Trump speaks about a tax reform bill after he signed it in the Oval Office of the White House December 22, 2017 in Washington, DC. / AFP PHOTO / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read... US President Donald Trump speaks about a tax reform bill after he signed it in the Oval Office of the White House December 22, 2017 in Washington, DC. / AFP PHOTO / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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Former president Trump will keep fighting a House bid to get his tax returns, the Wall Street Journal reports.

“There is no evidence of any wrongdoing here and I object to the release of the returns not only on behalf of my client but on behalf of all future holders of the office of the president of the United States,” Trump lawyer Ronald Fischetti told the paper.

The Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel issued an opinion last week saying that a request from the House Ways and Means Committee for the former president’s taxes was legitimate.

That replaced an earlier opinion by the Trump DOJ, and opened the door to the IRS finally acceding to the request, more than two years after Ways and Means chair Rep. Richard Neal (D-MA) first issued it in March 2019.

But a judge presiding over ongoing litigation between Neal’s Committee, Trump, and the IRS which began in summer 2019 left an order in place mandating that the IRS give Trump 72 hours notice before furnishing the tax records to the House.

The tax returns are unlikely to be handed over until that case is resolved.

“What’s changed?” Mr. Fischetti told the Journal. “This has been ongoing for years.”

Read the report here.

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  1. Sorry Dotard, just like your bigly election loss, no contest.

    Enjoy 3 hots and a cot at Hotel Greybar.

  2. Avatar for KalTX KalTX says:

    I am interested to see if they try the Executive Privilege argument or that Presidential Immunity one.

    Or more likely one and then the other and then whatever else will fit in the spaghetti pot.

  3. In other words, water is wet.

  4. When (and I say “when” not "if) those tax records are given to Congress, methinks that the smart folks on the D side of the aisle will look at the shady numbers therein, compare them to T***p’s public statements about his finances, as well as other documents they’ve received from Mazars, Deutsche Bank and others, and take about two seconds to conclude massive tax fraud has taken place and ask the DOJ to investigate.

    Game over, asshole.

  5. “What’s changed?” Mr. Fischetti told the Journal.

    Management at the DoJ and the WH, for a start. Fish-shitty, your client is fucked.

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