The release of former President Trump's tax returns is a two-edged sword...


There is no doubt in my mind that Democrat members of the House Ways and Means Committee should be censured and expelled for violating their legislative and oversight responsibilities regarding the proposed public release of Donald Trump’s tax records.

  • Richard Neal
  • Lloyd Doggett
  • Mike Thompson
  • John Larson
  • Earl Blumenauer
  • Ron Kind
  • Bill Pascrell
  • Danny Davis
  • Linda Sánchez
  • Brian Higgins
  • Terri Sewell
  • Suzan DelBene
  • Judy Chu
  • Gwen Moore
  • Daniel Kildee
  • Brendan Boyle
  • Donald Beyer
  • Dwight Evans
  • Bradley Schneider
  • Thomas Suozzi
  • Jimmy Panetta
  • Stephanie Murphy
  • Jimmy Gomez
  • Steven Horsford
  • Stacey Plaskett

Absolutely no legislative purpose can be served at this late date, especially as the Committee’s leadership will be replaced on January 3, 2023. The Committee’s work does not require public disclosure of subpoenaed documents.

The documents were obtained under subpoena to further the Committee’s legislative and oversight responsibilities and evaluate the Internal Revenue Service’s mandatory audit program. It appears this was a false and misleading pretext for political advantage and to interfere with an upcoming presidential election.



“Ways and Means is entrusted with great responsibilities. Today, the weight of our job is heavy. Congress serves as a check on the Executive Branch, and our Committee is entrusted with oversight of our revenue system. We all come to Ways and Means with the goal of creating a fairer tax code. Because at the root of it all, it is our federal tax system that funds the democracy we all cherish and love.

[OCS: The tax code was created by legislators solely to bilk the public and grant carve-outs, loopholes, and benefits for lobbyist-represented individuals and organizations. Do you mean like the billions being sent to Ukraine and other counties around the world while Americans, especially in the inner cities, continue to suffer?]

“Our voluntary collection relies on the public confidence that our tax laws are applied evenly and justly, regardless of position or power. For four years, the Committee has been reviewing how the IRS enforces the federal tax laws against, and ensures compliance by, a president.

[OCS: Voluntary collection? Yeah, at gunpoint, imprisonment, or asset confiscation. The tax laws have never been applied evenly or fairly.]

A president is no ordinary taxpayer. They hold power and influence unlike any other American. And with great power comes even greater responsibility.

[OCS: If this is true, where is the investigation of the Biden grift?]

“We are only here today because four years ago, our request to learn more about the program under 6103 was denied. This was the first time that this key oversight function was hampered, and our Committee’s jurisdiction was challenged.

“The Committee expected that these mandatory audits were being conducted promptly and in accordance with IRS policies. However, our review found that under the prior Administration the program was dormant. We know now, the first mandatory audit was opened two years into his presidency. On the same day this Committee requested his returns.

“We anticipated the IRS would expand the mandatory audit program to account for the complex nature of the former president’s financial situation yet found no evidence of that. This is a major failure of the IRS under the prior administration, and certainly not what we had hope to find.

But the evidence is clear. Congress must step in. I’ve proposed legislation to put the program above reproach. Ensuring IRS conducts yearly, timely examinations while publicly disclosing certain information.

“Our work has always been to ensure our tax laws are administered fairly and without preference, because at times, even the power of a president can loom too large.”

[OCS: Who are the IRS employees being terminated for the lack of diligence in auditing the President’s returns? It is the U.S. Constitution that defines the power of the President, not Congress.]

Neal’s opening statement is available HERE.

The Committee’s report is available HERE, and JCT’s report (Attachment I) is available HERE.

Neal’s Presidential Tax Filings and Audit Transparency Act of 2022 (Attachment J).

Attachment A, Attachment B, Attachment C, Attachment D, Attachment F, Attachment G, & Attachment H.

Attachment E will be made available on the Committee’s website as soon as possible.

The vote to go into Executive Session was 23-16, and the vote to transmit the documents to the House was 24-16.

Bottom line…

This is an egregious, un-American political stunt that can be used in the future to coerce wealthy or influential individuals into doing the regime’s bidding, like bullying the tech oligarchs into censoring the news while promoting the regime’s narrative.

Democrats have long argued that President Trump’s taxes could provide necessary information about entanglements that could influence his decision-making. At the same time, the House members seem incurious about the tax returns of the Biden crime family and the sale of Biden’s influence to our enemies.

The appropriate remedy if the Committee takes no further action to stop this travesty is the censure and expulsion of Democrat Committee members or, if that is unlikely, removing them from all Committee assignments. In addition, there should be an immediate, detailed release of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s returns, President Biden's returns -- and including “all affiliated businesses.”

It took years for the IRS and New York State auditors to do their work. What are the chances the public will understand the underlying tax issues? It is my understanding that the Democrats want to portray Trump as a grifter worth far less than he claims. So what?

We are so screwed.

-- Steve

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