Class Warfare Blog

May 19, 2019

Hello? What About the Emoluments Clause?

Filed under: Politics — Steve Ruis @ 12:11 pm
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When he issued a subpoena week before last, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal said he was seeking six years of President Trump’s personal and business tax returns to aid a committee investigation into whether the IRS was doing its job properly in auditing a sitting president and whether the law governing such audits needed to be strengthened.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin denied the “request” saying that the subpoena was “unprecedented” and “lacks a legitimate legislative purpose.”

Hello?

First of all, the Treasury Secretary does not have a say in this. He does get to decide whether a congressional subpoena is appropriate or not. The law simply says such returns will be provided upon being subpoenaed.

Second, audits? WTF? What about the emoluments clause of the Constitution, also called the foreign emoluments clause, which is a provision of the U.S. Constitution (Article I, Section 9, Paragraph 8) that generally prohibits federal officeholders from receiving any gift, payment, or other thing of value from a foreign state or its rulers, officers, or representatives? If Mr. Trump has been making money off of his presidency, and he apparently has, and the sources of those funds are foreign, wouldn’t his tax returns show that income? Wouldn’t this be a way for Congress to exercise its oversight responsibilities as no other body has that responsibility?

Hey, they got Al Capone on tax fraud, didn’t they? Might work again!

4 Comments »

  1. Fine them $150,000 a day until they comply.

    Liked by 1 person

    Comment by john zande — May 19, 2019 @ 1:07 pm | Reply

  2. Of course your points are well-made … and accurate. But we’re dealing with tRumpsky here … and so far, he’s managed to remain untouchable.

    So far.

    But all indications seem to say his day is coming … and boy-oh-boy, I’m looking forward to it!

    Liked by 2 people

    Comment by Nan — May 19, 2019 @ 1:25 pm | Reply

  3. Yep. The old saying—-every dog has its day can apply here.

    Liked by 1 person

    Comment by Walter Kronkat — May 21, 2019 @ 8:59 pm | Reply


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