Wednesday night news dump
Remember ten days ago when Donald Trump was cock-a-hoop that his lackey Attorney General had cleared him of collusion and obstruction? Well, it’s amazing what the passage of time does.
Tonight two big stories have broken.
FRIST! The House Ways and Means Committee has requested six years of Trump’s tax returns from the IRS. Now, “request” is too mild of a word. According to statute, the IRS, and behind them the Treasury Department, have no legal grounds to withhold the documents from a Congressional committee. So, it’s an order couched in a velvet glove.
Trump, of course, is saying that he won’t hand over his returns because—SAY IT WITH ME—he’s “under audit”. Of course, as many people have pointed out to him, he’s not being asked for his returns. He has no say in the matter. The fact that he’s the most powerful man (putatively) in the country and can do nothing to prevent Democrats from getting a hand on his taxes is going to engender the meltdown of all meltdowns. This one act by the House is going to disabuse him of any type of invincibility he has felt the past week and a half. He is, in the end, a citizen like those he pretends to govern, and not even one of the smarter ones.
SECOND! The New York Times just broke a story on the William Barr summary of the Mueller report. Speaking with former members of Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s team, the story states that the information contained in Mueller’s report is far more damaging to Trump than the Attorney General’s now-laughable memo indicated.
And, as this tweet sums up:
That’s right. Congress—meaning, of course, the House—can call these former members of the investigation and get all that they know, and the Department of Justice can’t do a thing.
I know, we were down two Sundays ago. But, if there’s anything I’ve learned during the past two years, it’s that everything is trending towards justice, even if slowly, and even with setbacks. This regime is not made up of the best and the brightest. It’s incompetence and buffoonery piled on top of each other. We’ll get them.
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