The Democratic Party’s multi-front assault on former President Donald Trump ahead of the 2024 presidential election realized what many on the left see as another win this week when the DC Court of Appeals agreed to a House Ways and Means Committee request to obtain Trump’s tax returns from the Internal Revenue Service.
The news comes on the heels of the unprecedented state-sponsored lawlessness seen on Monday when a weaponized FBI raided the Mar-A-Lago home of the former president, courtesy of a judge linked to deceased billionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein. Federal agents searched all throughout Trump’s home for nine hours and even reportedly rifled through former first lady Melania Trump’s wardrobe closet, leaving little doubt in the eyes of rational Americans that Donald Trump may very well be the most persecuted man in American history.
The Democrat-run Ways and Means Committee took to Twitter to boast about what is considered to be a major blow to Trump’s years-long fight in the courts to keep his tax returns from being used as political fodder.
“BREAKING: The DC Court of Appeals has just ruled that the law is on our side in seeking Trump’s tax returns. We expect to receive the requested tax returns and audit files immediately,” read a tweet from the panel’s official account.
🚨 🚨 🚨 BREAKING: The DC Court of Appeals has just ruled that the law is on our side in seeking Trump’s tax returns. We expect to receive the requested tax returns and audit files immediately.https://t.co/FYzFzYrxF8
— Ways & Means Committee (@WaysMeansCmte) August 9, 2022
Trump had argued that Ways and Means Chairman Richard E. Neal, D-Mass., and his fellow Democrats intended to use the returns against him politically or attempt to enhance IRS oversight of the presidency in a violation of the separation of powers, Roll Call reported, adding the D.C. Circuit panel “wrote that they could analyze only what Neal wrote in his request, not statements by other members of Congress about what they may do with Trump’s returns once they have them.”
“The mere fact that individual members of Congress may have political motivations as well as legislative ones is of no moment,” wrote Senior Judge David B. Sentelle in the unanimous 3-0 opinion. “Indeed, it is likely rare that an individual member of Congress would work for a legislative purpose without considering the political implications.”
The three judges on the court were appointed by Presidents Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush and Barack Obama.
Tuesday’s opinion noted “the possibility of further appellate review” in the case, as well as another case from the Democrat-run House Oversight and Reform Committee seeking Trump’s personal financial information, according to Roll Call. Trump was given seven days to seek a rehearing in the D.C. Circuit or appeal.
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