After the just-concluded tax return deadline on April 15, 2019, that signal question re-seeks its answer: “What lies behind Trump’s decision?”
The latest news reached the American people days ago when it was learned how the Democratic Representative Richard Neal, chairman of the ways and means committee formally sent a letter to the Internal Revenue Service zeroing in on the subject “to grant official request for Trump’s tax returns for the last six years.”
It was learned how the 45th president of the United States reacted with marked defiance. Trump, it was described, reiterated his old, much heard-of false claim which resurfaced through his White House voice: “The ongoing audit prevents him from releasing his returns.”
His newly-named acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney informed Fox News that Democrats would “never” see Trump’s taxes.
Representative Neal cited the Year 1924 law which is very clear: “Upon written request from the House Ways and Means chairman, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) “shall furnish” him the returns of
any citizen. There are many good reasons for Congress and the public to see Trump’s taxes, so that we can find out how after he went bankrupt, how he got millions in cash to buy golf courses and other properties, and whether he “has been running the executive branch in America’s interest or his own.”
Since word had gotten around, that Trump’s appointment of two Supreme Court vacancies had a motive unsaid, wouldn’t the subject of the president’s obligation be a crucial part of the highest
court of the land to lend its voice to?
This space’s columnist disagrees with those who have advanced their opinion that baring the much talked about Trump tax returns is “political.”
No, it isn’t.
The Supreme Court has a constitutional duty to “oversee the executive branch, and there has never been a president for whom it was more important that the public learn the full details of their finances.”
Going through the background of the exhaustive responses of Trump since the subject of tax returns surfaced long before he launched his candidacy and more so after he took office and swore he
would uphold the constitution of the United States, isn’t it clear to all that Trump is distinctly desperate to keep his returns secret? Would the nature of his decision reveal any matter that would remove him from office? For instance, there are decisive reasons that could be upheld. How about certain conflicts of interest interpreted legally: evidence of tax fraud; financial ties to foreign countries; money laundering.
Each time Trump would face great numbers of the voting population, he would be certain to touch on how he had “no business whatsoever with Russia.”
It wasn’t a secret at all for the entire world to see how he was pursuing a lucrative deal to pursue one of his golden dreams: “to build a Trump Tower in Moscow.”
Instead of complying with earlier demands heard from legislative sources, Trump defied Congress.
Impartial readers and those who listen to the pre- 2020 election survey have, without a single shadow of a doubt that what Trump has been resorting to in claiming his returns are “under audit,” are
getting so tired of his rationale.
There is hardly any doubt that Trump has hoped to spark a lengthy legal conflict in his defying Congress; it is likely his wish to delay the release of those infamous tax returns until after the
2020 election. If that is what he must have had in mind when he initially issued a negative reaction to the requests forwarded to him about showing his tax returns, then he was comfortable in the
thought that he could always seek a decision to his advantage by naming his own candidates early enough to the Supreme Court, aside from the news about his swift action in filling up vacancies in
the federal system.
Whatever move the Democrats will pursue in regard to the Trump tax returns may have the law on their side.
The aforementioned truth is a consolation to those who still hope justice will prevail.
There is that realization all Americans who continue to hope exists up to today: “Congress can investigate your finances…no matter who you are..for any reason or no reason at all…”
History tells the American people that the underscored law has never been abused.
What is the hope that lies ahead? The truth, that the same law has never been abused?
The negatives could shake all law-abiding Americans. In the so-called “age of Trump,” there lies some certainties that definitely have led to uncertainties.” Admittedly, in this columnist’s humble view,
the manner by which the 45th U.S. president continues to hold himself, way above legal accountability, is not just disturbing; it defies everything that has made this nation great. How long will the American people remain the way they are?
It is hoped the idea Trump has been heralding about himself: “No collusion,” won’t re-elect Trump.
In the midst of analyzing some members of the U.S. citizenry, there seems to be much truth to this: “Most Americans are set in their opinion of Trump and aren’t about to change their minds, no matter what happens.”