You really have to feel sorry for the Democrats. First, there was the FBI investigation into the Hillary dossier. Then, after that disappointment, they got Mueller and they were riding high.
Then Mueller didn’t pan out and they once again suffered depression. They tried to smear the president with a phony obstruction charge and when that didn’t work, they moved on to impeachment, but the American people pushed back and that was shelved. Now, they are suing the Treasury Department and the IRS so they can go on yet another witch hunt.
And unless they can find an activist judge, that too is doomed to failure. And even with an activist judge, it would almost certainly be overturned on appeal. Poor libbies.
But make no mistake. They’re still trying. According to CNN, the House Ways and Means Committee filed a lawsuit on Tuesday against the U.S. Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service in an effort to force the release of Trump’s tax returns.
Committee chairman Rep. Richard Neal of Massachusetts has been using a relatively unknown IRS provision in his attempts to obtain the tax returns. The provision, from Internal Revenue Code Section 6103, allows the House Ways and Means Committee and the Senate Finance Committee to get their hands on a person’s tax returns for “legislative” purposes.
The lawsuit stems from Neal’s initial request for Trump’s returns in early April. The Department of the Treasury, headed by Trump-appointee Steven Mnuchin, formally denied the 6103 request. That triggered Neal to issue subpoenas to both the Treasury Department and the IRS in May.
Democrats in the party decided they were done waiting and have now moved forward with a lawsuit.
“In refusing to comply with the statute, Defendants have mounted an extraordinary attack on the authority of Congress to obtain information needed to conduct oversight of Treasury, the IRS, and the tax laws on behalf of the American people who participate in the Nation’s voluntary tax system,” House attorneys wrote in the lawsuit.
Jay Sekulow, one of the president’s attorneys, called the suit “presidential harassment,” vowing to mount a fight.
“We will respond to this latest effort at Presidential harassment in Court,” Sekulow said.