President Donald Trump may have a lot more to lose than just the White House if his reelection campaign fails to successfully convince enough courts and election officials that his loss was attributable to voter fraud and massive ballot manipulation.
Like, his privacy. His liberties. And even his freedom.
Democrats are no doubt salivating at the chance to ‘get even’ with him for the high crime of daring to win the presidency in the first place against the deep state’s ‘chosen’ candidate, the inherently corrupt Hillary Clinton.
And one of Democrats’ ‘prizes’ is getting a hold of President Trump’s tax forms because they believe they hold a cornucopia of illegal activity (which, if true, would have led to Trump’s prosecution by the IRS years before he ever ran for president).
Politico reports that petty Democrats in the House are obsessed with those tax forms (even after several years’ worth were illegally leaked to The New York Times last month):
Once Biden controls the Treasury Department, his administration could simply hand over the long-sought records to its allies in Congress, who have been fighting in court to force Trump to turn them over, so far unsuccessfully.
ButBiden is casting himself as a moderate uniter, and releasing Trump’s returns risks looking like a vindictive investigation of his predecessor.
Not just that.
It could also prove a distraction at a time when Biden is trying to push his own legislative agenda through a narrowly divided Congress.
Yet, if Democrats were to suddenly say “never mind,” it would not only be an embarrassing about-face, it would also infuriate people such as Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-N.J.), the head of the House Ways and Means Oversight Subcommittee.
“In a perfect world, we could have mercy — but this is not a perfect world,” said Pascrell, who has helped lead the push to spring Trump’s returns. “Even if he is no longer the president, there needs to be some accountability.”
“We have got to follow through on this.”
What a petty, vindictive, small man Pascrell is, along with his party in general.
Isn’t ‘the pandemic’ and ‘the economy’ and ‘climate change’ and ‘rebuilding our status in the world’ much more important than exacting revenge against Donald Trump?
What happened to the ‘uniter’ party?
That said, Politico also notes that it’ll be harder for punk congressional Democrats to get Private Citizen Trump’s tax returns.
“It would not surprise me if they decided the goals of the Biden administration would not be furthered by pursuing this,” former New York state tax commissioner Jim Wetzler, who also worked as a congressional tax aide, told the outlet.
And Kerry Kircher, the former general counsel for the House of Representatives, said that President Trump “probably would sue” if Congress attempted to seek his tax returns after he leaves office.
“It’s what he does,” Kircher added.
Well, why wouldn’t he? His returns are none of Congress’ business.