Donald Trump has been desperately trying to change the subject from the House Intelligence Committee’s impeachment hearings. None of his traditional tactics have been able to lift people’s eyes and ears from the heavy weight of these hearings. He did not give up attempting to manipulate the voters, though.
Trump referred to the Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr.’s investigation in his first tweet:
‘Bob Mueller, after spending two years and 45 million dollars, went over all my financials, & my taxes, and found nothing. Now the Witch Hunt continues with local New York Democrat prosecutors going over every financial aid deal I have ever done. This has never happened to a…’
Then, the president went on to say that these actions were “not legal.” In fact, they are legal. Next, POTUS claimed that “I’m clean” and “much richer” than others believed. After that, he tried to link those statements to “jobs, jobs, jobs!” in a false comparison. One does not result in the other:
‘…..President before. What they are doing is not legal. But I’m clean, and when I release my financial statement (my decision) sometime (sic) prior to Election, it will only show one thing – that I am much richer than people even thought – And that is a good thing. Jobs, Jobs, Jobs!’
POTUS has been promising to release his financial records since his presidential campaign started in 2015. He claimed that they were being audited. Of course, that was not really an excuse.
Since, then he has fought tooth-and-nail against letting the people take a look at those important records. His financial records could have shown where he has been operating the Trump Organization and whether any of those locations were in countries who might blackmail him.
In addition, they could show whether the president runs two sets of financial records: one to lower his tax returns and one inflating his assets when he wanted to deal with banks.
The House Oversight Committee has subpoenaed the president’s financial records. However, Trump took the matter to the U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS), and the highest court in the land paused the subpoenaed of his accounting firm. If the court decides they will take Trump’s caase, the subpoena will hold.
If SCOTUS decides against taking his case, the subpoena will kick into action. Then, Trump would have to release his tax returns to the Oversight committee.
Trump’s attorneys have argued:
‘[T]he committee’s decision on whether to use the new state law is “absolutely immune” from court review under the Constitution’s grant of legislative powers to Congress. The House asserts that the Constitution’s speech-or-debate clause generally bars courts from looking into lawmakers’ alleged motives in ruling on the legality of their actions.’
House general counsel Douglas Letter wrote:
‘The Supreme Court has repeatedly made clear that courts lack the power to do what Mr. Trump asks.’
If the court overrides Congress’ request. It would be the first time for:
‘[F[reedom to conduct legislative work, even before lawmakers have taken any action.’
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