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By retaking control of the House in November, Democrats gained the power to demand President Trump’s tax returns. So far, they have refused to use that power. That refusal has become the subject of criticism from legal experts and progressive activists.
Why are Democrats holding back? There is one explanation that makes some sense: They believe that Robert Mueller, the special counsel investigating Trump, will issue a report very soon, and they want to learn what’s in it before starting a fight over the tax returns. A Mueller report could include some of the same information in those tax returns.
Yesterday, my colleague Ian Prasad Philbrick called the office of Richard Neal, the Massachusetts congressman who, as chair of the House Ways and Means Committee, has the authority to demand the tax returns. Ian asked why Congressman Neal had not yet done so.
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A member of his staff offered the same unpersuasive explanation that Neal has been giving for weeks — that he wants to “conduct this process in a judicious, methodical and deliberative manner.” But the statement ended with this intriguing non sequitur: “He also strongly believes that the investigation of special counsel Robert Mueller must be allowed to be completed.” And Neal himself, in a recent interview with the daily newspaper in Springfield, Mass., said, “Clearly the other part of it is, you have to wait for the Mueller report.”
If Mueller is actually within weeks (or days) of issuing his findings about Trump, I understand why Democrats may want to wait. But if the public release of his findings doesn’t happen very soon, it’s time for Democrats to demand the president’s tax returns. As a matter of national security, the country needs to see them.
Here’s why …
Every other modern president released his tax information voluntarily. Trump’s refusal to do so, after saying during the 2016 campaign that he would, suggests he may have something to hide. The biggest question is whether he has received payments from foreigners that may be clouding his judgment as president or giving them leverage over him.
“Congress must know whether the president and executive branch are acting solely in the national interest — or are influenced by personal interest,” as Steven Rosenthal, a senior fellow at the Tax Policy Center, testified before Congress this month.
Neal has consistently said he intends to pursue the tax returns. Since Democrats retook House control this month, though, he has turned cautious, claiming the request needs to be “part of a carefully prepared and documented legal case.”
But as Judd Legum, the author of the excellent Popular Information newsletter, wrote this week: “As a legal matter, Neal is wrong. The law does not require a ‘documented legal case.’ It says the Treasury Secretary ‘shall’ hand the returns over to the Committee upon request.”
The Trump administration would probably ignore that request or fight it in court. But the Democrats shouldn’t shy away from the fight. As Legum notes, the longer the Democrats wait, the greater the chance that Trump will be able to delay the release beyond the 2020 election.
I’m all in favor of the Democrats acting cautiously and strategically when investigating Trump. Starting impeachment proceedings, for example, would be a mistake. But demanding his tax returns is different. It’s both important and politically popular: A recent poll found that 63 percent of voters thought Congress should obtain and release his return.
Democrats should start the process within the next few weeks — with or without a report from Mueller.
For more …
Harry Litman, a former deputy assistant attorney general, writes in The Washington Post: “There were widespread expectations when the Democrats took control of the House that an early, if not the first, order of business would be to go after President Trump’s tax returns … Neal could request Trump’s returns tomorrow, and [Treasury Secretary Steven] Mnuchin would have no apparent legal basis for refusal or delay.”
Maura Quint, executive director of Tax March, a group lobbying for the release of the returns, told The Wall Street Journal: “It’s very important that the public have the opportunity to see exactly where Trump’s interests lie and have the public oversight as well as congressional oversight.”
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今期马报71期【函】【谷】【关】【内】，【于】【禁】【依】【然】【与】【黄】【叙】【在】【互】【相】【消】【耗】，【当】【然】【黄】【叙】【有】【强】【大】【的】【弓】【神】【特】【性】【作】【为】【依】【仗】，【于】【禁】【基】【本】【是】【处】【于】【被】【消】【耗】【状】【态】。 【但】【他】【兵】【多】【粮】【足】，【有】【坚】【城】【雄】【关】【护】【持】，【士】【兵】【损】【失】【不】【过】【寥】【寥】，【因】【此】【并】【不】【急】【迫】，【甚】【至】【希】【望】【就】【此】【拖】【住】，【多】【加】【消】【耗】【长】【安】【粮】【草】，【己】【守】【敌】【攻】，【一】【旦】【长】【安】【军】【粮】【绝】，【他】【自】【是】【胜】【券】【在】【握】。 “【报】！【洛】【阳】【传】【来】【急】【报】，【长】【安】【兵】【马】【渡】
【雪】【千】【机】【看】【着】【三】【人】，【伸】【出】【手】【将】【一】【块】【古】【玉】【一】【分】【为】【三】，【分】【别】【注】【入】【三】【人】【的】【大】【脑】。 “【喂】！【你】【等】【一】【下】【啊】，【谁】【允】【许】【你】【把】【东】【西】【放】【进】【我】【们】【脑】【子】【里】【的】？！” 【僵】【王】【眼】【睁】【睁】【的】【看】【着】【碎】【片】【进】【入】【大】【脑】，【奋】【进】【全】【力】【想】【要】【阻】【止】。 【但】【可】【惜】【并】【没】【有】【什】【么】【用】。 【雪】【凌】【风】【和】【白】【羽】·【圣】【护】【同】【样】【感】【觉】【到】【一】【股】【无】【法】【阻】【止】【的】【力】【量】【将】【碎】【片】【硬】【生】【生】【的】【塞】【进】【自】【己】【的】【大】【脑】
【陈】【杰】【双】【手】【虚】【握】，【顿】【时】【便】【有】【两】【把】【剔】【透】【的】【光】【剑】【被】【他】【握】【在】【了】【手】【中】。 【这】【两】【把】【光】【剑】【乃】【是】【凝】【练】【无】【比】【的】【剑】【气】，【陈】【杰】【知】【道】【仅】【凭】【这】【样】【还】【是】【无】【法】【伤】【害】【到】【卢】【荣】，【他】【又】【在】【剑】【身】【之】【上】【覆】【盖】【了】【一】【层】【五】【行】【之】【力】，【两】【把】【短】【剑】【顿】【时】【散】【发】【出】【了】【耀】【目】【的】【白】【光】。 【卢】【荣】【在】【自】【己】【制】【造】【的】【骷】【髅】【头】【被】【五】【行】【塔】【撞】【散】【后】，【第】【一】【时】【间】【就】【意】【识】【到】【了】【那】【是】【一】【件】【不】【可】【多】【得】【的】【极】【品】【灵】【器】
【近】【年】【来】，【西】【安】【市】【持】【续】【开】【展】【文】【明】【城】【市】【创】【建】【工】【作】，【扎】【实】【推】【进】【核】【心】【价】【值】【观】【宣】【教】【活】【动】、【诚】【信】【建】【设】【制】【度】【化】、【志】【愿】【服】【务】【制】【度】【化】、【道】【德】【模】【范】【评】【选】【表】【彰】、“【讲】【文】【明】【树】【新】【风】”【公】【益】【广】【告】【宣】【传】【等】【重】【点】【工】【作】【落】【细】【落】【实】，【在】【创】【建】【全】【国】【文】【明】【城】【市】【的】【道】【路】【上】，【千】【年】【古】【都】【绽】【放】【出】【更】【加】【耀】【眼】【的】【文】【明】【新】【花】。今期马报71期“【等】【下】！【我】【说】【红】【刺】，【这】【三】【具】【上】【等】【品】【相】【的】【器】【偶】【差】【不】【多】【了】【吧】？” 【便】【在】【红】【刺】【准】【备】【拖】【动】【石】【天】【藏】【身】【的】【这】【具】【人】【形】【金】【石】【的】【时】【候】，【狼】【头】【忽】【然】【开】【口】，【笑】【着】【道】。 【红】【刺】【闻】【言】，【便】【停】【下】【手】【上】【的】【动】【作】，【随】【后】，【抬】【起】【头】【来】，【以】【冰】【冷】【的】【语】【气】【道】：“【之】【前】【可】【说】【好】，【是】【十】【枚】【晶】【币】【的】，【我】【这】【才】【四】【具】，【你】【不】【亏】【吧】？” “【你】【这】【四】【具】【可】【比】【普】【通】【的】【十】【具】【价】【值】【还】
【叶】【瑾】【无】【奈】【抬】【手】，【慢】【慢】【坐】【起】【来】。 “【两】【位】，【这】【里】【还】【有】【一】【个】【病】【人】【呢】。” 【见】【两】【个】【人】【同】【时】【转】【过】【头】【来】，【心】【中】【不】【禁】【感】【叹】【了】【一】【下】【这】【两】【个】【人】【好】【极】【了】【的】【默】【契】。 【见】【此】，【他】【对】【两】【人】【先】【一】【笑】。“【江】【临】。【不】【过】，【大】【概】【两】【位】【已】【经】【知】【道】【了】【吧】？【但】【是】【不】【介】【意】【再】【介】【绍】【一】【下】【吧】？” 【莫】【小】【梦】【定】【定】【的】【看】【了】【他】【两】【眼】，【眼】【中】【倒】【是】【闪】【过】【几】【分】【欣】【赏】【和】【惊】【艳】【和】【新】【奇】
【宇】【宙】【中】，【并】【不】【能】【传】【播】【气】【味】。 【然】【而】【就】【在】【这】【个】【瞬】【间】，“【黑】【角】”【却】【还】【是】【清】【晰】【地】【嗅】【到】【了】【浓】【重】【的】【血】【腥】【气】【息】。 【当】【然】，【这】【不】【是】【它】【的】【某】【个】【器】【官】【捕】【捉】【到】【了】，【而】【是】【它】【的】【精】【神】【力】。 【前】【一】【秒】【还】【愤】【怒】【且】【张】【扬】【的】“【力】【奇】”，【这】【一】【秒】【变】【成】【了】【碎】【片】。 【这】【一】【切】【发】【生】【的】【太】【快】【了】，【别】【说】【刚】【刚】【还】【在】【战】【斗】【的】“【黑】【角】”，【就】【是】【其】【它】【那】【些】【或】【平】【静】【或】【担】【忧】【或】【幸】
【江】【陵】【城】。 【军】【校】【场】。 【这】【日】，【校】【场】【四】【周】，【万】【千】【身】【坚】【执】【锐】、【手】【执】【战】【矛】【的】【甲】【士】【紧】【紧】【屹】【立】【四】【周】，【监】【视】【守】【卫】【于】【此】【处】，【时】【刻】【严】【防】【着】【治】【安】。 【至】【于】【校】【场】【外】，【则】【汇】【聚】【了】【江】【陵】【大】【众】，【百】【姓】【们】【今】【日】【纷】【纷】【围】【拢】【而】【来】。 【因】【为】【今】【日】【午】【时】，【要】【于】【校】【场】【斩】【杀】【叛】【将】【士】【仁】【以】【及】【诸】【同】【流】【合】【污】【的】【军】【卒】【祭】【旗】【立】【威】。 【此】【时】【此】【刻】，【周】【遭】【百】【姓】【脸】【上】【皆】【挂】【满】【着】