@Spokane Ute“No, we don't.”51% do; 36%
don’t, so, yeah, we do.That was even easier.
Republicans and many voters didn't care in 2016 but many do now. Especially
when it is highly likely he has engaged in tax fraud, has violated the
emolument's clause, and has engaged in many illegal activities with his
businesses. We know he did with the Trump Foundation and Trump University. He
wants to play a victim but in reality he is a bully, dishonest businessman, and
a volatile and unstable leader. He is getting us into wars of one kind of
another with just about everyone and multiple countries. He will also bankrupt
is before he is through with his spending. Is he planning on a bankruptcy by the
U.S. as he has many times with his own affairs?
robin138 - springfield, VAMay 14, 2019 3:43 p.m.I am a voter.
I do care, and wonder what all will be disclosed.----------Why? Do
you also care about AOC's, Schumer's and Pelosi's?
@GingerMarshall "The chair of the Ways & Means Committee is invoking
Section 6103(f) of the US Tax Code, which explicitly states the Treasury
secretary “shall furnish” these documents upon written request from
the committee. The law does not allow any exercise of discretion from the
secretary."You forgot to quote the full law:"...except
that any return or return information which can be associated with, or otherwise
identify, directly or indirectly, a particular taxpayer shall be furnished to
such committee only when sitting in closed executive session ."The Treasury Secretary may be required to turn over tax returns to this
commitee *in closed session*, so the public will never see its contents anyway.
Trump, himself, is in no way required to voluntarily produce his returns.
The simple fact is that there is no requirement for any President or
Presidential candidate to release any tax returns.Despite his long
political career, Bernie Sanders never released his until just last year.No one really cares about a President's tax returns. If there were
any illegality the IRS would catch it. They very brutally audit high-income
returns, you know. It is not like there is no review. There is
really only one faction that is whining piteously for the returns: the
Trump-haters. Their motive is obviously to scour through the info to find
another pretext for Trump-hate. The complete collapse of the Mueller Report has
left them desperate.
@Daedalus, Stephen:"Well, it makes sense if he literally has
'nothing' to hide or even a negative net worth."'Net worth' is not shown on a federal tax return."Similarly his actions and performance in the W.H. makes sense for someone
desperate for cash flow who views the U.S. Presidency as a personal profit
center rather than public service."It could easily be considered
a profit center... The President's salary is $400,000 per year, plus a
$50,000 non-taxable expense account. In 8 years that could be well over $3
mil."That Republicans are considering nominating this failure
for their 2020 Presidential candidate is a separate punchline."I
suppose you'd prefer Hillary Clinton.
Trump doesn't care about mine, so I don't care about his.
I am a voter. I do care, and wonder what all will be disclosed.
@worf said:"The productivity of Donald Trump has brought in more tax
revenue to our government and employment to the American people than any House
Democrat. Period!"Why do some people regard the good economy as
justification for the immorality/amorality of their leader? "Wherefore,
honest men and wise men should be sought for diligently, and good men and wise
men ye should observe to uphold; otherwise whatsoever is less than these cometh
of evil" (D&C 98:10). That verse tells me that it doesn't matter
how well the economy is doing.@n8aive american said:"Surely you must be talking about the Obama administration, or what would
have been the Clinton administration. We know the corruption ran deep with those
2. But, as usual, the left turns a blind eye to their own corrupt. There's
something about a mote and a timber here."Why do some people
justify the immorality/amorality of their leader by comparing him to the other
side? (See the verse I quoted above.) Have you stopped to consider that both
sides might be corrupt? Why does one side necessarily have to be right?
Can't they both be wrong together (but in different ways)?
RedShirtUSouthernNDakotaatHoople - Bismarck, NDMay 12, 2019 12:24 a.m.“Trump says voters don't care about his personal tax
returns”Yeah, we do.-------No, we don't.That was easy.
"Trump Says . . . "Donald Trump is a certified pathological
liar, having uttered more than 10,000 documented lies and misstatements just in
the 2.4 years he's been in office. And that's just in public. We
don't know what he says to Melania and others in private.So
whatever he says is MEANINGLESS.
"There are no embarrassing factoids in tax returns. They are to be prepared
in accordance with tax law. And if they're not, the IRS will conduct an
audit."Well, yeah.And hasn't trump told us over
and over again that is exactly why he won't release them? "When the
audit is finished, I'll release them," he has promised. To
those of us who actually care about where America is headed, that is exactly why
we NEED to see them.
How can a person lose billions of dollars, pay no taxes, and remain rich?Let's see Trump's taxes, I need to understand that secret.As for the rest of you, nothing to see here, just keep working and
paying your taxes. Trump and I will filter down what you need to know. Run along
now. We got this.
Yup. Only about 74% of Americans polled -- including about 70% of those who
identified at Republican voters and 60% who said the voted for trump -- say they
WANT to see his returns.So in donald's twisted version of
reality or unreality or whatever it is, that proves what he just said. Merciful Goodness!
President Trump's tax returns are no one's business but his.His returns are audited routinely by the IRS.If he had done
anything wrong, the IRS would have done something about it long ago.Why don't we focus our attention on important issues such as open
borders, aborting innocent children and a host of other issues?Of
course, so many of us are all wrapped up in less important items such as the
President's tax returns.Congress should be ashamed of the
manner in which it is conducting the "people's business".
Will the Democrat who has paid more taxes than Trump.Please stand
Don't care either!
@Freiheit: "Trump says he has nothing to hide, but he spends enormous
resources in time and tweets trying to keep things hidden. How does that
compute?"Well, it makes sense if he literally has
"nothing" to hide or even a negative net worth. Similarly
his actions and performance in the W.H. makes sense for someone desperate for
cash flow who views the U.S. Presidency as a personal profit center rather than
public service.That Republicans are considering nominating this
failure for their 2020 Presidential candidate is a separate punchline.
@Utah Girl Chronicles - Eagle Mountain, UT"This has been a
play-for-play administration as far as foreign entities are concerned. We need
to see how deep-rooted this corruption is."Surely you must be
talking about the Obama administration, or what would have been the Clinton
administration. We know the corruption ran deep with those 2. But, as usual, the
left turns a blind eye to their own corrupt. There's something about a mote
and a timber here.
Most Americans care about President Trump's tax returns as much as the left
cares about Hillary's subpoenaed, thereafter acid washed hard drives or her
paying for the fake Russian dossier! President Trump is well on his way to
re-election and all the left offers is constantly hyperventilating about
President Trump's taxes and their failed Mueller probe because, well, what
else can Democrats do? President Trump's approval numbers in many polls are
now higher than was Obama's highest ever approval numbers! Rational
Americans see the Dems attempts to stop Donald Trump for what they are-partisan
Trump says he has nothing to hide, but he spends enormous resources in time and
tweets trying to keep things hidden. How does that compute?
“Trump says voters don't care about his personal tax
returns”Yeah, we do.
I am guessing he isn't even close to a billionaire and that he has some
shady business activity going on. I don't need to see his tax
returns because that is only one piece of the puzzle. I just think he is using
the presidency to further his own interest.
@dogbreath"And I for one will never release my tax documents to anyone
no matter who they are."If the House Ways and Means committee
wanted to see your tax documents, you would be powerless to stop them. They
would send the order to the IRS and the IRS would produce them, whether you
'released' them or not.
"And House Democrats can only focus on Trumps tax returns and false Russian
collusion?"Worf....And the previous 8 years..... when all those
problems you mention still existed.... the Republicans did what? For the
first two years of Trumps presidency, they did what? They did lower the tax
rate for corporations. But abortions? Healthcare? Immigration? When they
held both house and senate, and the White House, they did what again?See, to people like you this is all about Republicans versus Democrats. Its a
game, a sport. A sense of superiority by virtue of ones party affiliation. Has
little to do about actually creating a stronger union... That is the antithesis
what some want. They want a divided, neighbor hating neighbor nation.
Trumpism is just the flavor of the day. Before that it was the pseudo "Tea
Party" people who claimed they worried about the national debt. A topic
evidently that has self fixed itself.... not so worried anymore... despite a
deficit growing at a trillion a year even with a good economy.Trump
is just today's best excuse to dislike others. The rest of us do care if
our President is honest. We care a lot.
Yes, I am interested in Trump's tax returns. I would like to know if he is
obligated to the Russians or the Saudi's. If so there is a conflict of
interest, and does not belong in the office he holds.
This has been a play-for-play administration as far as foreign entities are
concerned. We need to see how deep-rooted this corruption is. It's not a question as to whether Trump is dirty. It's about how
dirty he is.
Trump doesn't say things to share information, he only says things to
convince people to believe what he wants them to.
@Impartial7 - DRAPER, UTSorry to burst your little bubble, but it
wasn't Russia, not did Trump "sucker" me into voting for him, but
it WAS the corruption on the Left that got me to vote for him. That and the fact
that Trump was/is willing to put Americans first, unlike Democrats. You may have
been suckered into voting for obama and Hillary, but most of us voted for Trump
because he was the far better choice.
@JaneB:"Law says 'shall furnish.' No justification
required."Where does the law say that? Please cite reference.
Tell us, does this apply only to the Prez? Or should all of Congress be
required to?"No one should run for president if they are not
willing for their taxes to be made public."Who cares about
someone's tax return? I don't."There needs to be a
legal reason to withhold the taxes from congress. My guess is there isn't
one."There is one... it's called the right to privacy. The
US Supreme Court has held it is a fundamental liberty deserving protection
because privacy is implied in the 1st, 3rd, 5th, 9th, and 14th to the
Constitutional Amendments."This is Trump running out the clock
because he has no other choice. But it is (more) obstruction."The Dems are running out of impeachment reasons.@unrepentant
progressive:"We all know that there are embarrassing factoids in Trump
tax returns, we just don't know exactly what kind of embarrassment the
President might suffer."There are no embarrassing factoids in
tax returns. They are to be prepared in accordance with tax law. And if
they're not, the IRS will conduct an audit.
When Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer show theirs then Trump can show his. Who
gives a rap? Only the welfare liberals do
It's just sad if we as Americans "dont care" if a criminal is
running the country. It says more about us than it does about the President. The
Bible says we should render to God the things that are God's and to Caeser
the things that are his. I pay whatever the government says I owe them based on
my income. Everyone should. Not asking too much.
The chair of the Ways & Means Committee is invoking Section 6103(f) of the
US Tax Code, which explicitly states the Treasury secretary “shall
furnish” these documents upon written request from the committee. The law
does not allow any exercise of discretion from the secretary.Does
the Rule of Law have meaning in 2019? If so, then the documents must be
furnished. If you argue that Trump - or anyone else - can
“refuse” to follow the law, then the Rule of Law has no meaning and
the Constitution of the United States is a relic from a bygone era, a curious
experiment that has failed. (Hmmm. If the Constitution is shredded
the the First and Second Amendments are gone, too. You simply can’t have
it both ways - either the Constitution, and the Rule of Law it supports are in
force, or they aren’t. Either The IRS complies to the law, or we’re
in an anarchy. Look closely. The Constitution is hanging by a
thread. Do you help cut that thread, or not.?)
"And House Democrats can only focus on Trumps tax returns and false Russian
collusion?What a waste of tax money! Shameful!"Was you as
upset when Republicans constantly wasted millions investigating Hillary? House
Republicans wasted over $100,000,000 investigating the Clintons.Republicans stagnated our economy for eight years fearing Obama would be more
successful then they.Now, Republicans support a treasonous fraud.Yes it is pathetic!
I am an Independent voter and I care-very much. I want to see what he is
GingerMarshall you are exactly right. Trump's finances/foreign connections
are very fishy. Everyone knows this, but some people choose to look the other
way. We know that Donald Jr said they get most of their money from Russia. But
Trump claimed during the election numerous times that he had nothing to do with
Russia. We know that is false on many levels, including the Moscow Project that
he lied about for over two years.Wonder why more people are not
curious about Trumps blatant lies about his taxes and business? I guess it has
something to do with the party hat they wear.I wish the democrats
would state a better reason for requesting the taxes. This president, more than
any other, needs to have his taxes made public.And to be clear,
every poll taken over the past years has shown that a majority of voters indeed
do think Trump should release his taxes.
Yea, as the title of the article implies, I don't care about his taxes,
either. And I for one will never release my tax documents to anyone no matter
who they are. It's really none of your business.
@casual observer: “If Trump did something illegal with his taxes, the IRS
should have audited him and pressed charges...”This is not
about tax fraud. It is about who owns Trump. We know for a fact that
US and European banks stopped funding him decades ago. We know for a
fact that most of his funding comes from Russians tied to Putin and the Russian
mafia. We know for a fact Deutsch Bank was part of that financing,
that Deutsch Bank was investigated and fined for money laundering and that the
Trump administration dismissed those fines. We now know for a fact
that Trump lost more money than anyone in US history for more than decade
*before* the Russians started financing him. The tax returns are an
important piece to connect the dots on who actually owns Trump. As a patriotic
American I’d like to know who controls the man in the Oval Office. Wouldn’t you?
Pathetic!Thousands of American citizens killed because of drug
trafficking, millions of babies denied the right of birth, and a porous southern
border. And House Democrats can only focus on Trumps tax returns and
false Russian collusion?What a waste of tax money! Shameful!
A lot of whooplah about nothing. If they are so concerned about going back
umpteen years to get the President's returns, let all these Democrats
produce their tax returns for the same period.This is nothing more
than another effort to try and bring a duly elected president down and it will
come back against the Dems in the 2020 elections. Let Congress get
to work, instead of wasting taxpayer dollars to play political games.
The Title is misleading even for the Associated Press. The House Ways and Means
Committee is made up of both Republicans and Democrats. The Chairman on his own
doesn’t do anything without going through the appropriate and approved
House system of rules. Committee members vote but due to the election results
every two-years, the Chairman is from the majority.The Chairman
signs the subpoena that is coordinated with their legal counsel. However, the
Committee voted for the Chairman to issue the subpoena.Republicans
under the previous two years chose not to pursue their Constitutional duties by
the Chair of any Committee in the House.They were hoping for a
Republican President since 2010 that would work with them. Instead, they got a
President that doesn’t understand government by, for and to the People, no
matter their class, standing as citizens, race, color, religion and political
party.Having spent time in the military and even Vietnam, this is a
real quagmire today that even Richard M Nixon would not be able to endure. He
got into a corner and couldn’t get out except by resigning or face the
results of the impeachment process.His other issues would take him
If Trump did something illegal with his taxes, the IRS should have audited him
and pressed charges. I would support this investigation if its backers were not
such venal politicians themselves. They seem to be building a campaign dossier
for the 2020 election and little more.
Trump is fighting to keep his base, that he suckered into voting for him, from
finding out what they already suspect. That, he's all smoke and mirrors.
Never was successful unless Daddy was propping him up. Real patriots would want
to know if he ruined his credit in America and Europe and had to turn to Russia
to keep up the charade. This is an American President, potentially beholden to
our long term enemy. Enough already.
The productivity of Donald Trump has brought in more tax revenue to our
government and employment to the American people than any House Democrat.
Period!Don't care about his tax returns! No House Democrat can
measure up to Trump!
As we all should know by now, Dear Leader WILL ignore long ago established laws.
He has NO intention whatsoever to abide to constitional law. Just show everyone
your returns Dear Leader. Just do it. No more bantering about, just do it for
Geez, pulleezeWe all know that there are embarrassing factoids in
Trump tax returns, we just don't know exactly what kind of embarrassment
the President might suffer. Much speculation as well as to the sources of his
miraculous financial recovery after his billion dollar losses in the '90s.
Junior has already admitted that Russian money was important. The question is
how much Russian money and how important? It is also striking that
the President has given more reasons to refuse to release this information than
we can possibly imagine, and that most of them are scurrilous. Also, striking,
where are the voices of good government Conservatives who normally would demand
to see tax returns from an official in such high office.No good
outcome will surface until we have full disclosure by the President. He is not
above the law and he is not above scrutiny.
-Law says "shall furnish". No justification required.-No one
should run for president if they are not willing for their taxes to be made
public.-What did DOJ say? No one knows. There needs to be a legal
reason to withhold the taxes from congress. My guess is there isn't one.-This is Trump running out the clock because he has no other choice. But
it is (more) obstruction.