Trump Regime

Mnuchin Vows to Personally Protect Trump

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Democrats and the rest of the world have plenty of reason to suspect that Trump has never released his tax returns because he's hiding something, but Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin says he will personally protect Trump.

Mnuchin told members of Congress this morning that he will protect Trump just like he would anyone else.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Treasury will work to shield President Donald Trump from a congressional request to see his tax returns, protecting his privacy just like it would for any taxpayer, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Thursday. [...]

Mnuchin told lawmakers on Thursday he has met with legal experts at the Treasury to discuss the expected request from Democrats.

“We will protect the president as we would protect any individual taxpayer under their rights,” Mnuchin said at a House hearing.

If you believe the goddamn treasury secretary would go to bat for an average American who is under congressional investigation, I have some doomsday insurance to sell you.

The idea that the treasury secretary would confer with legal counsel at the highest levels of government to protect any other random American is so absurd I can barely type this with a straight face.

It's not clear to me if the Treasury has the power to block or ignore a congressional subpoena, but they will probably try to.

  • muselet

    Section 6103 of the U.S. tax code allows the chairs of three committees — [Richard] Neal’s House panel [House Ways and Means Committee], the Senate Finance Committee and the Joint Committee on Taxation — to request confidential tax returns, and says the Treasury secretary “shall furnish” the documents.

    Huffington Post:

    The federal law allowing this disclosure has been on the books since the 1920s and was created as a check on corruption in the executive branch. It says that if the Ways and Means chair asks for private tax returns, “the Secretary shall furnish such committee with any return or return information specified in such request.”

    Republicans used the provision in 2014 to obtain and disclose the private tax information of groups seeking nonprofit status with the IRS.

    That seems pretty unambiguous to me. Steve Mnuchin can waffle in front of the House all he wants, but in the end he will have to cough up Donald Trump’s tax returns. Fancy lawyerin’ won’t help, especially since there’s recent precedent for obtaining private tax information.

    This could be interesting.

    –alopecia

    • David Greenberg

      The last fool who said he would take a bullet for trump was Michael Cohen. Draw your own conclusions. Mnuchin has always been a useless turd.

      • muselet

        As a recovering biologist, I feel duty-bound to point out that turds are very important and useful.

        Speaking as an observer of the political scene, yeah, Steve Mnuchin is a useless turd.

        –alopecia

  • Badgerite

    See protracted court fight with ‘novel’ legal theories as basis.

  • katanahamon

    There’s a difference between “individual taxpayer” and the President of the United States, with precedence set to submit tax returns. And for good reason. I hope we are successful in getting ten years of his returns. We should have had them long before the election.