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Trump Still Refusing To Publish His Tax Returns, So Democrats Are Going Over His Head To Make It Happen

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President Donald Trump is a textbook capitalist. He thinks that profits are the answer to all the world’s problems, which might have something to do with the fact that he has been insanely rich for his entire life, thanks to a multi billion dollar inherited business empire passed down from his father. Because he is so powerful within the right wing Washington establishment, we are now in a position where Donald Trump is able to push through profit hungry reforms that punish ordinary, hard working Americans for the sake of big business, because he rode a wave of right wing populism to get himself elected as President of the United States and leader of the free world. However, America is still a liberal democracy, however much President Trump might detest that. That means that there has to be democratic accountability for elected politicians.

That is an enormous problem for Trump. It is a well established convention for Presidents, and even people who want to be President, to publish their tax returns in full so that we can all see that they have nothing to hide when it comes to the workings of their personal finances. However, Trump has flat out refused to do that, so we are still in the dark about his taxes. Clearly, he has a huge amount to hide here. As a result, powerful Congressional Democrats like Rep. Elijah Cummings, has decided to abandon trying to negotiate with the White House or pressure the President into voluntarily giving up the material and has instead gone directly over his head to expose what the American public needs to see.

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee has subpoenaed Trump financial information from Mazars, an accounting firm that once prepared several years’ worth of President Donald Trump’s financial statements, according to a Monday memo to committee members from Chairman Elijah Cummings. Cummings had said he intended to issue a “friendly subpoena” because Mazars USA had requested it from the committee before providing records.Cummings is requesting financial information dating back 10 years after Trump’s former personal attorney Michael Cohen accused Trump of inflating his net worth in an attempt to buy the Buffalo Bills football team. In the memo, Cummings said the subpoena is also based on “corroborating documents” that “raise grave questions about whether the President has been accurate in his financial reporting.”

When this information comes out, it could sink the entire Trump presidency, and rightly so.


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