Pass Me Those Seven Veils, Will You?

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02/13/2017 by syrbal-labrys


image1Because yes, I would dance it for the appropriate head on a platter! I know, a 63 year old woman threatening to reveal all as the veils fall likely counts as a terrorist threat – but hey, either way, I get what I want, right?

What do I want?  I want this guy to get what HE wants!  All ya’ll call your Congress critters, ok?  Sure, my guy, Republican Dave Reichert, isn’t going to entertain my notion.  But that doesn’t mean I can’t aggravate the hell out of him anyway, does it?  Because if they can dig up an old rule 19 to tell a woman to sit down and shut up, I am MORE than enthused over an old rule letting Congress look at Der Trumpenfuhrer’s taxes!

The best part of the Congressman’s letter — which I urge you to quote:

None of these potential conflicts can be verified until and unless we have disclosure from President Trump. Every major Presidential candidate since Richard Nixon, with the exception of President Gerald Ford who released a summary of tax data, has released his or her tax returns for public review – until now.[9] 

If the President does not either release his returns or consent to examination of such returns by this Committee, I urge you, as Chairman of the Committee and pursuant to Section 6103(f)(1) of the Internal Revenue Code, to submit a written request to the Secretary of the Treasury for copies of the President’s federal tax returns by February 15, 2017.  These returns and all accompanying return information should then be made available for examination by all Committee Members in a closed executive session.  I further request that the Committee then vote in this closed session to submit the President’s federal tax returns to the House of Representatives—thereby, if successful, making them available to the public. This Committee followed a similar procedure to release confidential taxpayer information in the past during its exhaustive investigation of the treatment of certain tax-exempt organizations.[10]

The Presidential campaign is over and the fear that a political opponent will try to use tax returns for electoral benefit is passed. President Trump is now governing while also owning a business with international investments. The Constitution faces unprecedented threats due to this arrangement. I believe the powerful Ways and Means Committee has the responsibility to use that power to ensure proper oversight of the executive branch by requesting a review of President Trump’s tax returns and moving towards a formal release of these documents to the public.

Below is the letter I emailed to REICHert:

My husband and I are retired, and still paying taxes. IN fact, still having to send a check with our tax return in spite of partially supporting our two disabled veteran sons and a third young man similarly homeless after leaving the Marines. We struggle.

So I am frankly incensed that the new President disregards custom of letting his tax returns be examined. If Elizabeth Warren can be told to sit down and shut up using an old rule? Well, I really want YOU to help make transparent the tax matters and possible conflicts of interest of our new Commander in Chief by submitting a written request to the Secretary of the Treasury for copies of the President’s federal tax returns by February 15, 2017. These returns and all accompanying return information should then be made available for examination by all Committee Members in a closed executive session. I further request that the Committee then vote in this closed session to submit the President’s federal tax returns to the House of Representatives—thereby, if successful, making them available to the public. This Committee followed a similar procedure to release confidential taxpayer information in the past during its exhaustive investigation of the treatment of certain tax-exempt organizations.

It is not just or fair to Americans that our President considers himself above the law.

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