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Old 04-09-2019, 09:23 AM   #13726
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Are there any tax attorneys on here who are familiar with how the IRS typically handles the tax returns/documents of someone wealthy like Trump? Are there many people who actually have access to them? If there was some evidence of serious criminal activity in them, it seems like there would be at least one person who would have leaked them by now. I know I would have.
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Old 04-09-2019, 09:26 AM   #13727
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Old 04-09-2019, 09:26 AM   #13728
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The real story:

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Old 04-09-2019, 09:31 AM   #13729
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This is pretty on point.
In general, the entire series is quite good.
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Old 04-09-2019, 09:47 AM   #13730
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Are there any tax attorneys on here who are familiar with how the IRS typically handles the tax returns/documents of someone wealthy like Trump? Are there many people who actually have access to them? If there was some evidence of serious criminal activity in them, it seems like there would be at least one person who would have leaked them by now. I know I would have.
People don't typically put evidence of criminal activity in tax returns. He won't release them either because they'll show that he has a lot less money than he claims, or because they contain shady activity which does not rise to the level of a crime. It's probably the first option.
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Old 04-09-2019, 09:59 AM   #13731
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Are there any tax attorneys on here who are familiar with how the IRS typically handles the tax returns/documents of someone wealthy like Trump? Are there many people who actually have access to them? If there was some evidence of serious criminal activity in them, it seems like there would be at least one person who would have leaked them by now. I know I would have.
The IRS keeps track of which files agents open and look at and makes sure that they have a legitimate reason for looking at them. My father-in-law worked for the IRS for 25ish years and has plenty of stories of people being walked out of the building for doing dumb **** like looking up Michael Jackson's taxes so they take confidentiality pretty seriously.
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Old 04-09-2019, 10:15 AM   #13732
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Which is ****ing bull****, btw.

Everyone’s taxes should be public. Way, way, way less cheating.
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Old 04-09-2019, 10:19 AM   #13733
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What is the cutoff for which college sports teams get a White House invitation?

Is it just Division 1 Football, and Men's and Women's Basketball?

Is it all Division 1 champs? Is it all champions of all sports?
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Old 04-09-2019, 10:21 AM   #13734
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Old 04-09-2019, 10:21 AM   #13735
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People don't typically put evidence of criminal activity in tax returns. He won't release them either because they'll show that he has a lot less money than he claims, or because they contain shady activity which does not rise to the level of a crime. It's probably the first option.
Oh, certainly, I didn’t mean like a smoking gun, but rather evidence of general shady ****. I’d probably take the hit and leak them regardless of what was in them, tbh.
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Old 04-09-2019, 10:25 AM   #13736
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What is the cutoff for which college sports teams get a White House invitation?

Is it just Division 1 Football, and Men's and Women's Basketball?

Is it all Division 1 champs? Is it all champions of all sports?
The Constitution is silent on this critical issue.
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Old 04-09-2019, 10:26 AM   #13737
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Do ya'll remember when Conservatives thought the IRS was going after Conservative groups?

Well Republicans used the same law that Dems want to use now, And they made parts of that private info public

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Back in 2013, Republicans thought the Internal Revenue Service under President Barack Obama was mistreating conservative groups that wanted to be recognized as tax-exempt nonprofits. So they asked the IRS to hand over tax information for conservative groups such as Crossroads GPS as well as a few liberal groups such as Priorities USA.

Congress has the power to ask for copies of anyone’s tax return thanks to a 1924 law enacted as a check on corruption in the executive branch.

In 2014, after getting the documents on the groups they requested, plus tax info relating to several dozen other organizations, Republicans on the House Ways and Means Committee made it all public. They believed it showed that an IRS official named Lois Lerner had unfairly plotted to deny tax-exempt status to Crossroads GPS and other conservative groups. The committee included the documents as an attachment to a letter asking the Justice Department to prosecute Lerner. During a closed-door hearing, the committee’s Republicans voted to make the letter public.
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Old 04-09-2019, 11:42 AM   #13742
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That Time Trump Did Business With an Oligarch Linked to Iran’s Revolutionary Guard
His administration declared the elite military group a terrorist organization.
On Monday, the Trump administration officially designated Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps a terrorist group. But just a few years ago, as Donald Trump ran for president, he pursued a deal with an Azeri family that allegedly has close ties to the guard corps, an elite branch of the regime’s armed forces long accused of participating in criminal activity and sponsoring international terrorism.

In 2012, Trump struck a multimillion-dollar branding deal for a new hotel in Baku, the boom-and-bust capital of Azerbaijan, the natural gas–rich former Soviet republic ruled by an oppressive regime. His local partner was Anar Mammadov, the playboy scion of a wealthy and well-connected clan. Mammadov’s father, Ziya Mammadov, was at the time the nation’s transportation minister; despite his nominal government salary and background as a Soviet railroad system apparatchik—a Communist Party functionary—he was reportedly worth billions. As Mother Jones reported in 2015, Azerbaijan had a reputation as one of the most corrupt nations on the planet, with an increasingly repressive governing regime, especially when it came to press freedom. And the Mammadov family—and Garant, a company linked to Anar Mammadov that Trump partnered with—was allegedly connected to questionable business practices:

"In an article titled “The Corleones of the Caspian,” Foreign Policy reported that the “profit margins” of [Anar] Mammadov’s Garant “appear inextricably linked to a number of sweetheart contracts signed with his father’s Transport Ministry.” One of Mammadov’s other companies has received over $1 billion in highway construction contracts, and the firm owns many of Baku’s buses and taxis. Until 2013, Mammadov owned a majority stake in the bank that processed all of the taxi cab fares and the company that provided insurance to all the cabs. According to Foreign Policy, the company that Trump is working with also secured the contract to construct the Baku bus station, which Mammadov’s uncle owns. A leaked diplomatic cable on Azerbaijan’s “most powerful families,” drafted in 2010 by the charge d’affairs at the US embassy in Baku, noted: “With so much of the nation’s oil wealth being poured into road construction, the Mammadovs also control a significant source of rent-seeking.”

New Yorker reporter Adam Davidson dug deeper into Trump’s Azerbaijan project and found that some of the Mammadovs’ deals led straight to the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps. According to Davidson’s reporting, the Mammadovs had a close financial relationship with a prominent Iranian family, the Darvishis, who were known to be associated with the Iranian organization:

"At least three Darvishis—the brothers Habil, Kamal, and Keyumars—appear to be associates of the Guard. In Farsi press accounts, Habil, who runs the Tehran Metro Company, is referred to as a sardar, a term for a senior officer in the Revolutionary Guard. A cable sent on March 6, 2009, from the U.S. Embassy in Baku described Kamal as having formerly run “an alleged Revolutionary Guard-controlled business in Iran.” The company, called Nasr, developed and acquired instruments, guidance systems, and specialty metals needed to build ballistic missiles. In 2007, Nasr was sanctioned by the U.S. for its role in Iran’s effort to develop nuclear missiles.

The cable said that Kamal and Keyumars were frequent visitors to Azerbaijan; Kamal had recently established “a close business relationship/friendship” with Ziya Mammadov, and, with Mammadov’s assistance, had been awarded “at least eight major road construction and rehabilitation contracts, including contracts for construction of the Baku-Iranian Astara highway.” (Keyumars also seems to have been involved in these deals.) The cable added, “We assume Mammedov [sic] is a silent partner in these contracts.”

The Trumps appeared to have done little in the way of due diligence on their Azeri partners, which raises the question of whether the Trump Organization might have run afoul of the United States’ strict anti-corruption rules under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. The law makes it a crime for an American company to participate in activity that enriches a foreign government official in exchange for a benefit. If the Trumps invested in a project that was part of a corruption scheme, it could violate the law. The law also applies to any American company that unknowingly participates in a scheme if it could’ve discovered what was happening but avoided doing so.

As the 2016 election neared, the Baku hotel project appeared to be moving along—promotional materials had started to appear on the Trump Organization’s website, and hiring notices were posted. But shortly after Trump won the election, all mentions of the hotel were pulled from the Trump Organization’s website. The building once slated to become Trump’s newest luxury hotel appears to remain empty, catching fire in 2018.
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Old 04-09-2019, 11:45 AM   #13743
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Probably should have let this one slide Don.
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Old 04-09-2019, 11:54 AM   #13744
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This is textbook gaslighting.
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Old 04-09-2019, 11:56 AM   #13745
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Old 04-09-2019, 11:58 AM   #13746
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Good to know Trump has ties to only the most shady people in every country on earth.

Also lol at us believing he celebrates POWs on this day. They are all losers who got captured.
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Old 04-09-2019, 12:01 PM   #13747
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If it triggers Meghan McCain, I’m good with it.
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Old 04-09-2019, 12:10 PM   #13748
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Old 04-09-2019, 12:13 PM   #13749
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Why is that on fox business?
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Old 04-09-2019, 12:23 PM   #13750
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From my standpoint, an impeachment inquiry is in order if the House is serious about receiving the full scope of the Mueller probe without redaction. Of course impeachment itself would be a waste of resources and political capital, but opening only the inquiry to determine if sufficient criminal activity has occurred for impeachment affords the majority in the House the opportunity to get their hands on the report.

In a 2-to-1 decision in McKeever v. Barr, the court reaffirmed the principle of grand jury secrecy and concluded that a court has no “inherent power” to release grand jury information. This decision will give Barr a plausible basis to resist the Judiciary Committee’s subpoena of the entire Mueller report, even if the committee goes to court to enforce it.

In McKeever, two Republican appointees, including President Trump’s former deputy White House counsel, concluded that grand jury information must remain confidential unless a request for disclosure falls within one of the narrow exceptions listed in the federal rules of criminal procedure.

One of the exceptions to grand jury secrecy is disclosure “preliminary to or in connection with a judicial proceeding.” To authorize disclosure of the Watergate grand jury information, the special prosecutor’s office argued that the House had authorized its Judiciary Committee to conduct a formal impeachment inquiry and that such an inquiry could be fairly analogized to a “grand jury” investigation and thus a judicial proceeding.

Significantly, the appeals court decision several days ago reaffirmed that exception. All three judges agreed that an impeachment inquiry falls within the “exception for judicial proceedings” and “coheres” with other rulings about the proper scope of grand jury secrecy.

However, in true Dem fashion, Pelosi has declined to allow the Judiciary Committee to open even a preliminary impeachment inquiry, asserting rather bizarrely that Trump is “not worth it."
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