After half a decade of whining and running away, Donald Trump will finally have to face up to whatever is in his tax returns that has so terrified him of getting out. On Tuesday the Supreme Court ruled that Congress has the legal authority to the documents and that they must be provided to the House Ways and Means Committee.
This ruling comes very late in the game because Democrats in Congress only have a few weeks to study Trump’s financial records before the Republican majority takes over in January. But that may be all they need. There’s a reason that Trump has fought this so furiously for years. And the American People deserve to know what it is. Trump is the first president in fifty years to refuse to make his taxes public. His efforts to avoid disclosure are typical of his all consuming fear of his crimes being revealed.
The legal authority for Congress to get Trump’s tax records was never in doubt, and this outcome was expected by experts. Nevertheless, shortly after the ruling by the Supreme Court was announced, Trump took to his floundering twitter ripoff, Truth Social, to whine petulantly about the decision. His post was just as demented and dishonest as would be expected. He asked…
“Why would anybody be surprised that the Supreme Court has ruled against me, they always do! It is unprecedented to be handing over Tax Returns, & it creates terrible precedent for future Presidents. Has Joe Biden paid taxes on all of the money he made illegally from Hunter & beyond. The Supreme Court has lost its honor, prestige, and standing, & has become nothing more than a political body, with our Country paying the price. They refused to even look at the Election Hoax of 2020. Shame on them!”
Trump is demonstrating his notorious cowardice and victimhood with the bizarre claim that the Supreme Court is always “against me.” The Court currently has a six-to-three ultra-conservative majority, including three justices nominated by Trump. What’s more, there is nothing unprecedented about his being required to turn over his taxes. In fact, it’s actually written into the law mandating that the Treasury Department “shall furnish” tax information requested by the House Ways and Means Committee.
Trump also asks whether “Joe Biden paid taxes on all of the money he made illegally from Hunter & beyond.” First of all, there is no evidence that Biden made any money illegally via his son Hunter, or anyone else. And we know that because Biden has been releasing his tax returns for decades. That’s just Trump’s pathetic way of deflecting from his own criminality.
Trump, however, is right when he asserts that “The Supreme Court has lost its honor, prestige, and standing, & has become nothing more than a political body.” But not for the reasons in his warped imagination. The Court has suffered numerous embarrassments in the Era of Trump due entirely to the machinations of Trump and his Senate confederate, Mitch McConnell. Together they distorted the make up of the court through nefarious schemes and deceit. Most recently, their ruling in the Dobbs case that overturned Roe v Wade was not only dangerous and legally incomprehensible, it contributed to the election blowout in the 2022 midterms.
Trump’s Truth Social rant is dripping with fear as he comes to recognize the legal peril he is in. And it doesn’t end with this ruling by the Supreme Court. There are several other civil and criminal probes in progress by authorities in New York, Georgia, and Washington, D.C. Trump’s rap sheet is long and getting longer. Thankfully, Sean Hannity of Fox News provided a helpful catalog…
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