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Chief of staff says Democrats will never see Trump tax returns

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Trump broke with precedent when he chose not to release any tax returns as a presidential candidate

And voters with even the slightest ability to be objective asked why, what's he hiding. And continues to do so, particularly after reading about the long list of shady and illegal business practices Trump and family have been involved in in the US and 'abroad'.

What are you hiding, Trump? Why are Mulvaney and the other protectors of the elite protecting you? And your fellow elite.

Slimy businessman, slimier politician.

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An obscure 1924 statute includes no exceptions to Neal's authority to ask the Treasury Department for returns and says the department "shall furnish" them when requested. It does require that the review of an individual's return be conducted by members of Congress in "closed executive session" if the returns are provided without the taxpayer's consent.

That is black-letter law. It shouldn't take long for the courts to rule on this and get it up to the Big 9.

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Speaker Pelosi has been demanding Trump to release his tax returns for this year and the previous 9 years.

Will Speaker Pelosi support legally requiring the speaker of the House to release his or her tax returns? Will Speaker Pelosi release her tax returns for this year and the previous 9 years?

You can bet the answer is "NO" and many in Congress has refused to. What are Pelosi and her cohorts hiding?

So why should Trump release his tax returns when the Democrats aren't willing to respond in kind?

IRS officials have said taxpayers under audit are free to release their returns. 

Just because the IRS says taxpayers under audits are free to release doesn't mean that they have to or are required to. They have the option and Trump has taken the option not to release, which is his privilege.

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What are Pelosi and her cohorts hiding?

If Pelosi or any politician is 'hiding' something, voters should be able to find out. Releasing tax info provides some transparency. For example, I'd like to find out how Mitch McConnell has got so much richer while in DC, and also why his already rich wife was appointed to a highly paid position in Trump's administration, and if her rich father's companies have benefitted from her and her husband's time in Washington. Among so many other questions.

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Time for a Constitutional Amendment requiring public disclosure of finances (including tax returns) for all elected and public officials. If you cannot stand the scrutiny, stay out of politics.

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Just because the IRS says taxpayers under audits are free to release doesn't mean that they have to or are required to. They have the option and Trump has taken the option not to release, which is his privilege.

You are absolutely right here. "Can" does not mean "must". At the same time, Trump is not saying he has "chosen not to release" his tax returns, he says he would love to but "simply cannot" release them.

People who dislike Trump are often accused of Trump Derangement Syndrome. Can I try and explain why we keep going back to the same issues? It is because it is completely unbelievable that Trump lies to your face and you don't even care. You write as though choosing a proven liar to be the most powerful man in the world is a good idea.

Why does Trump continue to say that he "can't release his returns because he is under audit"? It completely untrue. We know it is untrue. It makes no sense that you are happy for a man who lies like this to lead you.

If he said, using your words, "I am exercising my privilege not to release my returns" it would be a problem in terms of transparency and accountability, but it would not be as strange as saying over and over again "I can't do it, I'm under audit" when the IRS has repeatedly said anyone under audit can go right ahead.

Not everyone has equal access to information. Not everyone's statements have the same weight. When the person who makes the rules confirms the rules, their statement has truth value. How does it make sense for Trump to continually deny what the rule-makers say the rules are and expect us to believe him? It is a very strange state of affairs. And then people like you go along with it, which is even weirder.

What makes it stranger still is that this is a man who rang up journalists, impersonating someone else, to plant positive stories about himself. No-one denies that as "John Barron" he used to do this. You can hear the recording and know its his voice.

As a general rule, how do you feel about people who make up a fictitious character to tell lies about themselves to influence press coverage. Are they trustworthy? Should they be leading us?

Separately, Trump is known to have put up fake Time magazine covers on the walls of his clubs. No-one disputes this. We all know he did it. Again, this is weird. Who does this? Who behaves like this? Would you respect a friend who did stuff like this?

Leaving aside the $25 million settlement for Trump University fraud, leaving aside the p$$$y grabbing and the porn stars, it makes no sense to those of us outside this cult how you could look at this man and think, yes lead me, yes represent me, yes be my guy.

It makes so little sense that we keep coming back to it. What is the matter with you all? Why can't you see that obvious conman is obvious?

I guess you can call that TDS if you like.

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I have an idea. Make a law that mandates all national office holders release their tax returns for the last 7 yrs prior to taking office. Just ensure there are enough votes in both chambers to override the veto.

Trump won't do it, so he won't run for office in 2020. Problem solved.

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He's rich and likes to boast about it, but you're not allowed see his taxes. He's smart and likes to boast about his intellect, but you're not allowed see his grades. He's completely exonerated, but you're not allowed see the report.

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Oh and he's falsely claimed his father is German. But gets to call Elizabeth Warren "Pocahantas". The man is a walking, talking purveyor of bs and contradictory nonsense. What is he hiding?

Release the returns now.

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Luckily, it's not up to Mulvaney to decide. Have always thought it will be Trump's dodgy/illegal business dealings that will bring him down, not the Russia thing.

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If they really want trumps, all standing and ex-politicians in congress and senate should also show theirs. That’s fair.

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If they really want trumps, all standing and ex-politicians in congress and senate should also show theirs. That’s fair.

Most politicians don't have quite the outstanding criminal record that Trump does. I'm not sure it's needed for all, but upon request I think lawmakers should be required to show tax returns. If lawmakers aren't obeying their own laws, somethings pretty wrong here.

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Technically, Mulvaney is "acting" chief of staff while he doubles as secretary of the OMB. Why he's "acting" is mysterious as a cabinet position does not require senate approval. Perhaps Trump is waiting for signs of required obsequiousness. This will clearly help.

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Democrats will never see Trump tax returns

Just like people in hell will never see slurpees.

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Like them or not, Trump's team always have the greatest expressions in their mugshots.

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What on earth is Trump so afraid of?

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What on Earth is up with the obsession over someone's tax returns?

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How on Earth can someone need it explained so many times.

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What on Earth is up with the obsession over someone's tax returns?

It's not just someone, it's the president. It's highly likely that he is acting in his own self interest instead of the interest of the country.

Its amazing that some people remember how to breath. Tee Hee.

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What on earth is Trump so afraid of?

The truth coming out, the evidence the dude is a conman. Everyone already knows he's a pathological liar.

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The truth coming out, the evidence the dude is a conman

How is it that from June 2015 when Trump announced he's running for president, to the Nov. 2016 election you people couldn't come up with enough evidence that he's a conman to keep him from being elected, presto?

He's a pathological liar

You're confusing Trump with another major 2016 presidential candidate, presto.

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You're confusing Trump with another major 2016 presidential candidate, presto.

One being a list doesn't negate the other. That you believe it does shows one of the reasons he has managed to con his way into the presidency.

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Liar*

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UTime for a Constitutional Amendment requiring public disclosure of finances (including tax returns) for all elected and public officials. If you cannot stand the scrutiny, stay out of politics

Oh, please! Tell Lois Lerner that. After how she used and weaponized the IRS to take out conservative donors back in 2011, the GOP are on to their sneaky and despicable shenanigans once again. It’ll never happen again. I doubt the weasly Democrats will ever see his tax returns. Good luck Democrats, you keep failing again and again.

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You're confusing Trump with another major 2016 presidential candidate, presto.

You believe a guy that lies about where his own father was born. Enough said.

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You believe a guy that lies about where his own father was born. Enough said.

You can be "ethnic Germans" https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Volksdeutsche but not born in Germany. I don't know about Trump's father, but my family is.

Japanese can be based on citizenship or language/culture too, correct?

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theFuToday  11:48 am JST

You believe a guy that lies about where his own father was born. Enough said.

You can be "ethnic Germans" https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Volksdeutsche but not born in Germany.

True, but here's what Trump actually said:

'My father is German, was German, born in a very wonderful place in Germany.'

So it really looks like he was just lying. Or very confused.

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'My father is German, was German, born in a very wonderful place in Germany.'

So it really looks like he was just lying. Or very confused.

Everyone misspeaks / makes mistakes when talking. Hillary said she landed under sniper fire, and Obama said he'd been to 57 U.S. states and you can keep your health care plan if you like it.

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Since their Russian collusion conspiracies failed, now they're back to his taxes. The Democrats don't even realize how crazy they look to everyone else.

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Everyone misspeaks / makes mistakes when talking. Hillary said she landed under sniper fire, and Obama said he'd been to 57 U.S. states and you can keep your health care plan if you like it

Yes, everyone dies misleak at times. However, Trump repeatedly lied about where his own father was born. Keep trying, Sorrena.

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