An inspector general report released Friday exonerates Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin of all wrongdoing in his handling of President Trump’s tax returns.
The left has been obsessed with weaponizing the IRS to release Trump’s tax returns, even going so far as to sue the Treasury Department to enforce a previous subpoena against Mnuchin and IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig.
In the report, Assistant Inspector General for Investigations Sally Luttrell wrote that the inquiry “…determined Treasury’s receipt, handling, and responses to Chairman Neal’s letters and request followed the general process with the occasional change of Treasury officials involved.”
The report also concluded that there was no outside influence on the process apart from a letter by Trump’s attorney: “Outside of the unsolicited letter received by Treasury from William Consovoy and the letters from Representative Brady and Senator Wyden, there was no indication from the interviews we conducted, or from our review of emails, of any other unsolicited opinions or attempts to influence the process.”
For months, the left has been on a vicious smear campaign against Mnuchin for refusing to accede to their ridiculous demands.
In a recent Ways and Means Committee hearing, Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-N.J.) accused Mnuchin of “staggering lies,” said that Mnuchin was “stonewalling” the left’s demands, and claimed Mnuchin was “breaking the law.”
The Inspector General report makes it clear that Pascrell’s denunciations are completely baseless.
The fact is, the left’s obsession with releasing the president’s tax returns is unprecedented. Historically, Congress has sought taxpayer information to assist in drafting tax legislation.
In this case, Democrats are clearly seeking the president’s tax returns in an attempt to embarrass a political opponent. Petty partisanship is the left’s only motivation here.
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.”
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.
The sad truth is that Democrats are willing to weaponize the IRS just to release the president’s tax returns. The recent Inspector General report shows that Mnuchin has handled this situation appropriately, unlike Congressional Democrats.
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