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Day 804


(Matt Kiser) #1

Updated 4/3/2019 4:01 PM PDT

1/ House Democrats formally requested six years of Trump's personal and business tax returns from the IRS. In a letter to the IRS, the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee cited a little known provision in the IRS tax code that grants tax-writing committees in Congress the power to request tax information on any individual. Chairman Richard Neal requested Trump's personal tax returns from 2013 to 2018, giving the agency until April 10 to comply. Trump claimed his returns are being audited by the IRS and that he would "not be inclined to" turn anything over to Congress. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin previously told the Ways and Means committee that he would protect Trump's privacy if members of Congress requested his tax returns. (CNN / New York Times / NBC News / Bloomberg / Washington Post / Wall Street Journal)


This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://whatthefuckjusthappenedtoday.com/2019/04/03/day-804/

#2

Good call…


(Matt Kiser) #3

Some of Robert S. Mueller III’s investigators have told associates that Attorney General William P. Barr failed to adequately portray the findings of their inquiry and that they were more troubling for President Trump than Mr. Barr indicated, according to government officials and others familiar with their simmering frustrations.

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However, the special counsel’s office never asked Mr. Barr to release the summaries soon after he received the report, a person familiar with the investigation said. And the Justice Department quickly determined that the summaries contain sensitive information, like classified material, secret grand-jury testimony and information related to current federal investigations that must remain confidential, according to two government officials.


#4

Big story…and here comes some more pressure to get that report out.

:boom:


#5

:boom::boom::boom:

The senior White House official whose security clearance was denied last year because of concerns about foreign influence, private business interests and personal conduct is presidential son-in-law Jared Kushner, according to people familiar with documents and testimony provided to the House Oversight Committee.

Kushner was identified only as ‚ÄúSenior White House Official 1‚ÄĚ in committee documents released this week describing the testimony of Tricia Newbold, a whistleblower in the White House‚Äôs personnel security office who said she and another career employee determined that Kushner had too many ‚Äúsignificant disqualifying factors‚ÄĚ to receive a clearance.

Their decision was overruled by Carl Kline, the political appointee who then headed the office, according to Newbold’s interview with committee staff.


#6

I guess Barr didn’t read the giant note, Do Not Exonerate :joy::joy::joy::joy:

:cloud_with_lightning_and_rain:Looks like the clouds are back :cloud_with_lightning_and_rain:

Some of Robert S. Mueller III’s investigators have told associates that Attorney General William P. Barr failed to adequately portray the findings of their inquiry and that they were more troubling for President Trump than Mr. Barr indicated, according to government officials and others familiar with their simmering frustrations.

At stake in the dispute ‚ÄĒ the first evidence of tension between Mr. Barr and the special counsel‚Äôs office ‚ÄĒ is who shapes the public‚Äôs initial understanding of one of the most consequential government investigations in American history. Some members of Mr. Mueller‚Äôs team are concerned that, because Mr. Barr created the first narrative of the special counsel‚Äôs findings, Americans‚Äô views will have hardened before the investigation‚Äôs conclusions become public.

Mr. Barr has said he will move quickly to release the nearly 400-page report but needs time to scrub out confidential information. The special counsel’s investigators had already written multiple summaries of the report, and some team members believe that Mr. Barr should have included more of their material in the four-page letter he wrote on March 24 laying out their main conclusions, according to government officials familiar with the investigation. Mr. Barr only briefly cited the special counsel’s work in his letter.

However, the special counsel’s office never asked Mr. Barr to release the summaries soon after he received the report, a person familiar with the investigation said. And the Justice Department quickly determined that the summaries contain sensitive information, like classified material, secret grand-jury testimony and information related to current federal investigations that must remain confidential, according to two government officials.


(Tee Bryan Peneguy) #7

Since this is actually the first ‚Äúleak‚ÄĚ from the Mueller team, can we assume these investigators have broken silence at Mueller‚Äôs behest, or at the very least, with his blessing? I mean, are we essentially reading Mueller‚Äôs own words here? Because that would be awesome


#8

President Trump has told confidants he wants Herman Cain on the Federal Reserve board, but will wait until his background check is completed before making the formal announcement, according to two senior administration officials familiar with the decision.


(Tee Bryan Peneguy) #9

Hmm. Did anyone see my first comment? Am I doing this right?


#10

@TeeBryanToo64

Yes, your comment is visible. I don’t think we know the answer to your question yet.


(Tee Bryan Peneguy) #11

Thanks! Just trying to figure this place out


(Matt Kiser) #12

As I put together yesterday’s post, I thought it was kind of interesting how there were three big, independent investigative movements.

In a single day, House Democrats demanded President Donald Trump’s tax returns for six years, moved to get a decade’s worth of his financial records and prepared to issue a subpoena for the full Mueller report from the Justice Department.

Top House Democratic lawmakers and aides say the triple-headed attack was more by accident than design, but it’s also clear that April 3 marks a turning point for the new Democratic majority. In less than eight hours, House Democrats moved to an all-out investigative assault on Trump, one that the White House and Republican leaders blasted as unnecessary, openly partisan and a huge distraction from the country’s business.


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