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originally posted by: VictorVonDoom
a reply to: Kharron
Let's suppose that the NY Attorney General decides to expand the civil case into a criminal one. The Governor agrees, and the Attorney General is able to convince a judge to subpoena Trump's tax records. That would make them evidence in a criminal trial. That doesn't give people like you, me, or the press access. Unless they are leaked illegally, we wouldn't know what's in the records until after a verdict and they showed proof of illegal activity.
This isn't the transparency you're looking for.
But I am a big fan of transparency in government. I would fully support forcing Trump to release his tax returns to the public - exactly 90 days after we have a complete, impartial audit of the Federal Reserve Bank, along with disclosure of its ties to foreign governments. While we're at it, let's have all government agencies release any and all UFO related documents unredacted. Off the top of my head, I can think of a dozen things I'd like to see in the name of transparency above Trump's tax return.
But not the inner workings of the Democratic National Party, of course. Only Russian agents want transparency there.
originally posted by: Iscool
a reply to: Kharron
In the interest of truth and transparency??? What a joke...Where were you when Obama had ALL of his records sealed so no one could see them??? Hypocrisy at its finest...
If there is nothing there, or all financials are exactly as he claims, or he is as rich as he says and never lied about it -- is there any reason NOT to...
We can also expect the President and his lawyers to staunchly oppose this and try to put a stop to it, but as Americans I believe all of us should be behind this effort, in the interest of truth and transparency. We all need to know where the President's money comes from and why he did not want to divest his interests. Now, more than ever, Russian ties and investments need to be put under the microscope.
originally posted by: Kharron
Transparency is a good thing. Wouldn't you agree?
originally posted by: BlueAjah
This thread is hilarious.
How many times did we go through this during the election, and still the OP is grasping at straws.
Trump's tax returns were audited every year, just because of the magnitude of his earnings. If there was anything illegal there, the IRS would have found it. Obama's IRS would have twisted to make something illegal if they found a way, and we would have heard long ago.
originally posted by: neo96
a reply to: Metallicus
Op wants to break the law to get what they want.
In other words.
Same snip different day same party.
On June 14, the New York State attorney general, Barbara Underwood, filed a civil complaint against President Trump and his three oldest children, accusing them of “persistently illegal conduct” in using the Donald J. Trump Foundation as “little more than a checkbook for payments from Mr. Trump or his businesses to nonprofits, regardless of their purpose or legality.”
Ms. Underwood believes there is abundant evidence to bring criminal charges against Mr. Trump as well. She made that position very clear in the letters she sent to the Internal Revenue Service and the Federal Election Commission in Washington recommending “further investigation and legal action.”
Ms. Underwood sent those letters, at the same time she filed the civil complaint, because New York state law does not grant her automatic authority to initiate criminal investigations.
Her criminal referral to Washington noted that it would be a crime for the president to interfere in such an investigation.
However, given Mr. Trump’s assertion that he has the power to halt any criminal inquiry and to pardon himself for federal crimes, a criminal investigation by any part of the federal executive branch seems highly unlikely.
The attorney general could, however, easily gain that authority. All that’s needed is for Gov. Andrew Cuomo, the New York State Police or the state Department of Taxation and Finance to make a request, and the authority would be granted to her.
Criminal jurisdiction also rests with Cyrus Vance Jr., the Manhattan district attorney. Mr. Vance has shown no interest, so far, in investigating other complaints against Mr. Trump.