After demanding his secret tax returns for nearly 2 years, the politicians have finally decided not to press the powerful President on this issue.
By Rakesh Raman
More than 1 million people have signed a petition on the White House website to get President Donald Trump’s tax returns released.
The petition demands that the unprecedented economic conflicts of Trump administration need to be visible to the American people.
This may include the documentation which can reveal the foreign influences and financial interests which may put Donald Trump in conflict with the emoluments clause of the Constitution.
The petitions on “We the People” platform of the White House allow people to know the federal government’s decisions on crucial issues.
If your petition collects 100,000 signatures in 30 days, you can expect an official update from the White House within 60 days.
But in the case of Trump’s tax returns, you cannot expect any satisfactory response because the White House cannot dare to challenge the owner of the White House.
Moreover, Congress has expressed its inability to get Trump’s tax information. After demanding his secret tax returns for nearly 2 years, the politicians have finally decided not to press the powerful President on this issue.
A congressional tax oversight committee has decided that it will not ask for Trump’s tax returns despite doubts about his shady business deals with multiple countries including Russia.
The House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee’s Republican chairman Kevin Brady said that President Trump need not release his tax information.
Although Congressman Bill Pascrell, a Democrat in the Ways and Means Committee, has asked for Trump’s tax data, his voice is too feeble.
Here it is pertinent to mention that a lawsuit filed in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York states that Trump is “submerged in conflicts of interest” because of ties with countries such as China, India, and potentially Russia.
Last month, a team of ethics lawyers had filed a complaint against Trump, accusing him of accepting illegal payments for his businesses from foreign governments. The case also demands that Trump must release his tax returns.
Despite repeated demands from Democrats as well as Republicans, Trump has refused to release his tax returns. Many believe that Trump’s tax returns can reveal about his shady business deals with Russia and other rogue nations in different parts of the world.
As he has been offering lame excuses about the delay in releasing returns, it is largely believed that he wants to hide something that can put his presidency in jeopardy.
Meanwhile, secret information service WikiLeaks has expressed its intentions to release Trump’s tax returns.
“Trump’s breach of promise over the release of his tax returns is even more gratuitous than Hillary Clinton concealing her Goldman Sachs transcripts,” WikiLeaks said, referring to Clinton’s speeches that WikiLeaks revealed to hit her chances of winning the November election.
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