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Republican scandal-ridden presidency 100 years ago laid the groundwork for the release of Trump’s tax returns — here’s how

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A scandal-ridden Republican presidency 100 years ago led to laws that could facilitate the release of President Donald Trump’s tax returns if Democrats take control of the House of Representatives, the New York Times explained today.

The tool that could finally free the information Trump had claimed he would release after an “audit” but then refused to disclose is Section 6103 in the tax code, which empowered Congress to investigate bribes paid to members of the Warren G. Harding administration by citizens who wanted to lease federal lands with oil reserves.

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The provision allows Congress’s tax-writing committees to request from the Treasury Department tax returns or related information on any tax filer. That includes the president.

The president’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani said that the issue would backfire as voters wanted to be kept in the dark about Trump’s possible illegal acts and compromising business ties.

“It is really for the purpose of political harassment,” Giuliani said. “It is a heck of a good battle for a president.”

However, Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said it would be a no-brainer.

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“That is one of the first things we’d do — that’s the easiest thing in the world,” she said.


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Final Emmys beckon for TV stars of ‘Thrones’ and ‘Veep’

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TV stars from Westeros to the White House will hit the red carpet in Los Angeles on Sunday as "Game of Thrones" and "Veep" take their final tilts at Emmys glory.

The long-running HBO smash hits helped the premium cable network raise the game for the small screen -- with 74 Emmys between them, they are among the most decorated shows ever at television's answer to the Oscars.

Both hope to add to their record hauls before they bow out at the glittering ceremony in downtown LA's Microsoft Theater.

While the divisive final season of "Thrones" enraged many fans, it is the Television Academy's 24,000-plus voters who get to choose the winners.

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WATCH: Trump admits he talked to Ukraine president about Joe Biden and his son

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President Donald Trump Sunday morning admitted he brought up Joe Biden and the former Vice President’s son Hunter Biden while speaking with the President of Ukraine.

“The conversation I had was largely congratulatory, with largely corruption, all of the corruption taking place and largely the fact that we don’t want our people like Vice President Biden and his son creating to the corruption,” Trump said, speaking to reporters from the White House lawn.

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BREAKING: President Trump admits that he talked to the Ukrainian president about former Vice President Biden. #MTP #IfItsSunday@kristenwelker: "From the president's perspective, the only way to put this story to bed is to release the transcript." pic.twitter.com/aaJ6DjMN0E

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‘Left wing hack’: Fox News fans lose it after anchor calls Ukraine allegations ‘a problem’ for Trump

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Fox News viewers lashed out at the network on Sunday after host Arthel Neville grilled New York Congressman Peter King (R) about President Donald Trump's alleged effort to get Ukraine to help him defeat Joe Biden.

Neville twice asked King about Trump's Ukraine scandal, and both times he evaded the question by saying that Congress does not have a right to know the details of Trump's conversations with foreign leaders.

On her third attempt, Neville got to the point by noting Trump's alleged actions are "a problem."

"We don’t know that it’s true, we hope it’s not true," the Fox News host said of the allegations against Trump. "But if there is a possibility that our president used his office to put pressure on a foreign government -- president-elect -- to dig into his possible, potential political opponent, then that’s a problem."

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