House Democrats Want to Weaponize the IRS

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Posted by Tom Hebert on Thursday, June 13th, 2019, 3:00 PM PERMALINK

House Democrats have been obsessed with forcing President Trump to release his tax returns ever since they regained control of the House of Representatives.

Recently, Ways and Means Chairman Richard Neal (D-Mass.) subpoenaed Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig to force them to turn over the President’s tax returns. In a win for the rule of law, the Trump Administration has refused to comply with the left’s outrageous and constitutionally questionable demands.

The left’s repeated demands to force the release of the president’s tax returns is unprecedented. In the vast majority of cases, Congress seeks taxpayer information to assist in drafting tax legislation. The Supreme Court has ruled that legislators can only demand private tax information when they are pursuing a “legitimate task of the Congress.”

House Democrats assert that their request is based on a legitimate legislative purpose. If you believe that, you’ve been living under a rock for the past two years. 

Ever since they lost the 2016 election, Democrats have been frothing at the mouth to expose the President’s tax returns. During the 2018 midterm elections, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) bragged that exposing the President’s tax returns “is one of the first things [the Democrat House would] do — that’s the easiest thing in the world. That’s nothing.”

In this case, Democrats are clearly seeking to expose the president’s tax returns just for the sake of exposure. Petty partisanship is the left’s only motivation here. 

If Democrats are successful in exposing the president’s returns, they would turn the IRS into a political organization. Millions of Americans trust the IRS to handle their sensitive financial information discreetly and legitimately. Forcing the IRS to release the president’s tax returns would be a grave violation of the public trust, and could open up every American’s data to the whims of the left’s political vendettas. 

It is time for all Americans to stand up and defend this president from the left’s unprecedented and unconstitutional demands. Click here to join ATR in stopping the Democrats’ overreach in trying to expose President Trump’s tax returns.

See also: The Rise of IRS Injunction Suits Threatens Taxpayer Rights 

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