• On Monday, the office of the Manhattan district attorney, Cyrus Vance, subpoenaed eight years of Trump’s personal and corporate tax returns.
• Mazars USA, the longtime accounting firm to Trump and the Trump Organization, has reportedly got the subpoenas. We would “fully comply with its legal obligations,” Mazars USA said in a statement, according to The Guardian.
• When asked about the subpoena, Trump on Monday said that he didn’t know anything about it, while lawyer for Trump Organization said they are evaluating the situation and would respond appropriately, notes a report from CBS News.
• The subpoena is part of the investigation into the secret money payments to the pornographic actor Stormy Daniels during the 2016 presidential election.
• Trump and the Trump Organization reimbursed Michael Cohen, Trump’s former personal lawyer, for the payment he made to Stormy Daniels to prevent her from going pubic over an alleged affair with Trump, who has been denying any such affair.
• Many also see this subpoena as part of the larger effort to get the President's tax returns. Trump has long resisted pressure from democrats and watchdogs who have been demanding greater transparency. In about 40 years, Trump is the first president who has not made his tax information public. Trump did promise to do so during his 2016 election campaign.
• Democrats welcomed the move. In a tweet, Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota said, “One way or another, we will get Donald Trump’s tax returns.”
Trump’s played the game his entire life. If we’re naive enough to assume that this subpoena will result in any sort of justice, we’ll be very disappointed. The characters he’s surrounded himself with throughout his entire life have taught him how to wage through the U.S. as a lawless land. Roy Cohn, for instance, was his lawyer for quite some time. And he also had clients such as Tony Salerno and John Gotti. Mafia figures. Cohn was the king of obfuscation, delay, and denial. And Trump’s taken a piece of that pie. Roger Stone is another example, a man who favors deception over democracy; propaganda over veracity. Stone has been hovering over the conservative party for decades, and he's taught Trump a thing or two about distracting the public.
What does a subpoena even mean, nowadays? We’ve seen the multiple violations of subpoenas by former members of the Trump Administration. And are they serving any kind of federal punishment? As of today, the answer is no.
Hush money or not, tax returns or not, we already know that Trump is not an innocent businessman that’s being unfairly dragged and duped by the courts and his political enemies. He’s a con artist who is barely keeping up with the consequences that are crawling closer to his reality. And if we are all mistaken, Trump should stand up for himself. If this is all a sham, an attack of political merit, release those tax returns. Humiliate your political rivals. So, tell me Trump. Why won’t you?
Why are we entitled to see the tax returns of a billionaire that became a public servant? What’s with the never ending search for a truth that simply doesn’t exist? This subpoena and revisitation of a long-old and buried allegation is nothing more than a vitriolic effort to unseat a president that just so happens to be a Republican. The left should keep in mind that no one will forget how this president was treated, and if a Democratic POTUS takes office, their tactics can be used against that president as well.
And in this particular case, the president’s tax returns aren’t the only piece of evidence necessary. What about the tax returns of the person who received this money? How did Stormy report it on her taxes? How about the other women who are implicated? Where are their subpoenas? If you’re going to conduct a thorough investigation, whether or not it’s for any reason beyond political vilification of the president, wouldn’t you at least attempt to make it seem legitimate? Why aren’t more people being ordered to hand over their financial records?
The funny thing is that we are talking about tax returns here. These are processed by the IRS, who would have found and addressed any wrong or misleading information at the time they were filed. We know how vigilant and stringent the IRS is, so what exactly does New York’s DA think will be found in Trump’s returns? Looking for a crime doesn’t mean there’s an existing crime. Seems like, all of a sudden, the process has been reversed. Shouldn’t there be a crime first, then an investigation?