Friday, February 08, 2019
Will We Finally Get To See Trump's Tax Returns?
During the 2016 presidential campaign, Donald Trump promised to release his tax returns. His excuse for not releasing them immediately was that they were being audited. That was a BS excuse, since the IRS had no problem with him releasing them while they were being audited -- and he could have released the years that were not being audited.
After being elected, Trump refused to release those tax returns. He continued to claim they were being audited, and he added a couple more excuses.
He said the American people were not interested in his returns. The chart above shows that was just a lie. Every poll done since his election shows a majority wanting the release of those tax returns, and this latest poll (the ABC News / Washington Post Poll done between January 21st and 24th of a national sample of 1,001adults, with a 3.5 point margin of error) shows that 60% wants House Democrats to get those returns and release them to the public. Only 35% disagree.
He also said most people wouldn't understand the returns because they were so complicated. He seems to think the American people are stupid. They aren't. Most people know how to read a tax form, and I'm sure there are plenty of experts around that could explain them to even the dumbest people (the Trump supporters).
For the last two years, Trump has been able to get away with not releasing his tax returns. That's because both Houses of Congress were controlled by Republicans, and they were more interested in protecting Trump than learning the truth.
That has changed now. With the House solidly in control of Democrats, it is a foregone conclusion that those Democrats will ask for the Trump returns. And if Trump refuses (or his Treasury Secretary refuses to provide them), then the Democrats will go to the courts to force their release.
Will we finally get to see the Trump tax returns? Maybe. If we don't, it will be because the court fight lasted until the 2020 election and became a moot point after Trump lost the election.
Here's how Laura Davison and Andrew M. Harris describe the situation for Bloomberg Businessweek: