Congress can make Trump's tax records public without his consent!

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    Though our new president may not realize it, Congress has the power to obtain his tax returns and reveal them to the public without his consent, including returns under audit.


    Congress’s right to reveal tax information independent of the president’s authority proved extremely important in 1973 and 1974, when President Richard Nixon became entangled in a controversy involving his claim of a sizable charitable deduction for giving his official papers to the National Archives. Nixon initially stonewalled the inquiries, including making his famous statement that “I am not a crook.” When the pressure increased, he contended correctly that the IRS had already audited the pertinent returns and not ordered any change.

    But a leak subsequently revealed that Nixon, despite having income of more than $200,000, had paid about the same amount of tax as families with incomes under $10,000. Outrage at this revelation eventually led Nixon to seek review of his taxes from the congressional Joint Committee on Taxation, which delegated the task to its respected nonpartisan staff. The staff ultimately found that Nixon owed almost $500,000 in additional taxes over four years — roughly one-half of his net worth at the time. Because of the importance of the matter to the nation, the Joint Committee exercised its authority and voted 9 to 1 (three Republicans joined six Democrats) to release the staff report, including Nixon’s confidential tax return information, to the public.

    Opinion | Congress has the power to obtain and release Trump’s tax returns
     
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    I can hardly wait for the Republican controlled Congress to release Trump's tax returns. LOL
     
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    lol
     
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    FROM POLITIFACT:

    Several polls, including one released the day before his latest press conference, show that a sizable portion of the public does think Trump’s tax returns are an important issue. These polls word their questions differently, but most results showed a majority of Americans believed the issue was relevant, undermining Trump’s assertion that only the media wants to explore the issue.

    We rate Trump’s statement False.
     
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    nobody gives a damn except hack jobs
     
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    POLITIFACT says you are wrong. I predict that if Trump hasn't released his returns by 2018 he might be facing a Congress populated by more Democrats.
    The power of the vote in 2018 could be a reflection of how people feel about Trump not releasing his tax returns.
     
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    probably because the only people that read that drivel is hack jobs.
     
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    The smell of desperation and liberal tears...

    There's noting quite like it.
     
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    We will see...we will see!
     
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    Or, we won't.

    and the earth will keep rotating
     
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