I’m no lawyer But?
The judgemnet on Donald Trump’s taxes has NOTHING to do with what the next House might do….
The US House which writes the tax code has ALWAYS had the right to get tax data on Americans who ‘should’ be following their code….
What is question before the judge is NOT Congress overseeing a tax issue 2 years from now……
Can Congress do what it does all the time for everyone else except Donald J. Trump….
If the Biden Justice Dept. goes one way?
The Trump Justice Dept. went the ‘other’ way for four years…
The Supreme Court HAS allowed a review of Trump’s taxes by a county DA’s office…
Why not the US House that actually writes the tax code?
Yes …A Republican House COULD ask to see Biden’s son’s tax records….
Trump is gonna stall to the Supreme’s if he loses anyways…..
He’s got the money to do this will every case….
A federal judge questioned Tuesday whether the Biden administration’s decision to turn over Donald Trump’s tax records to Congress applies only to the former president.
U.S. District Judge Trevor N. McFadden, during a hearing about whether to dismiss the more than two-year-old legal clash, brought up how the federal government switched positions in July on the request from House Ways and Means Chairman Richard E. Neal, D-Mass.
The case is a tangle of issues related to congressional power to investigate that McFadden must consider as he decides what to do next.
He faces arguments about harm to Trump if the records are exposed, and different legal tests about congressional powers, including one from the Nixon era and one fresh from the Trump administration that are central to other ongoing cases…
On Tuesday, McFadden pressed a Justice Department attorney about the flip-flop that has now put House Democrats and the Treasury Department on the same side of the case. “I have a hard time imagining you’re going to keep that view for anything other than this request,” McFadden said.
McFadden also asked what if Congress changes hands and a Republican chairman makes a request for the tax records of Hunter Biden, a president’s son. Is the Justice Department “just going to say, ‘Oh, sure, we’ve got to defer to Congress.’ Is that going to be the administration’s position?” McFadden said.
James Gilligan, representing the federal government, told McFadden the administration’s motives don’t matter at all.
The Justice Department memo from July noted the issue is “unambiguous,” noting the statute says “upon written request” of the chairman of one of the three congressional tax committees, the Secretary “shall furnish” the requested tax information to the Committee….
Trump was the first major party presidential candidate since Richard Nixon not to release his tax returns, despite multiple promises on the campaign trail and since. At the time, he claimed he would not do so while under audit by the IRS.
McFadden said he would try to rule in the next few weeks, and that the case is in “uncharted territory with a case like this with the former president.” And McFadden nodded to the litigious environment around House Democrats and Trump. “I’m quite sure no matter what I say, it would not be the last word on this topic,” McFadden said….