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Democrats may demand Trump’s business tax filings — which could reveal shady schemes and entanglements

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Some Democratic lawmakers want more than just President Donald Trump’s personal tax returns, as they seek to untangle his apparent conflicts of interest.

House Democrats are preparing a request for the president’s personal tax filings, but some lawmakers want to demand Trump’s business tax filings — which they suspect may uncover suspicious ties to Russian interests and potentially unlawful efforts to avoid paying taxes, reported Politico.

That would open a new, even more sprawling front in the mounting investigations into the president, whose financial disclosures reveal more than 500 partnerships and other types of business, which each would likely have its own tax returns.

Democrats could also demand returns from Trump’s trusts, one of which reimbursed former attorney Michael Cohen for hush money payments to Stormy Daniels, according to a check he showed lawmakers.

They could also ask for first lady Melania Trump’s returns, the website reported.

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The recently dissolved Trump Foundation, which New York’s attorney general said had engaged in a “shocking pattern of illegality,” would have its own tax filings, although much of those are already publicly available.

Some lawmakers want House Ways and Means Chairman Richard Neal (D-MA), who has the power to seize Trump’s returns under an arcane statute, to issue a broad request covering years’ worth of returns, but other Democrats prefer requesting just a sample of the president’s returns.

Neal hasn’t said much about what he plans to do, and other Democrats on the panel have given conflicting accounts on whether the chairman might request Trump’s business tax returns or focus only on his personal returns.

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It’s also not clear how many of Trump’s old returns remain on file with the government.

The IRS typically gets rid of individual returns after six years, but keeps corporate returns for 50 years and estate tax filings for 75 years.

Trump probably won’t file his 2018 returns until later this year, as wealthy people often wait until October to do because collecting tax information from business partnerships can sometimes take months.


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This explains why Trump picked a fight with the four Congresswomen of color: analysis

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On one hand, President Donald Trump almost certainly chose to mark out Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), Ilhan Omar (D-MN), and Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) because of his own deep-seated racism.

But there is likely another reason he is doing it, wrote Aaron Blake of the Washington Post's "The Fix" on Wednesday: because his core voters hate them as much as he does.

Blake cited a new The Economist/YouGov poll of 2016 Trump voters' opinions on several politicians. "As you peruse it, it becomes clear that the conventional wisdom about why Trump picked these targets is right: They were ripe for motivating the GOP base ... All of them are better known among Republicans than Democrats, which suggests that a steady stream of coverage in conservative media has elevated them as potential Democratic bogeywomen. Trump is tilling fertile soil. And in fact, they might already be his most effective foils."

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REVEALED: Jeffrey Epstein used his fake passport to enter multiple countries

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Prosecutors revealed that the fake passport Jeffrey Epstein had among the items seized by investigators had been used.

According to NBC News, he used the passport to enter multiple countries in the 1980s, including the U.K, Spain and Saudi Arabia.

The passport was found in the safe of his New York home along with $70,000 in cash and 48 diamonds. There was a different name used on the passport and it had already expired, but it listed the residence in Saudi Arabia.

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House holds Bill Barr and Wilbur Ross in criminal contempt of Congress

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The House has officially voted to hold Attorney General Bill Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in contempt of Congress.

Both men refused to abide by a subpoena from the House for documents so they that could investigate actions by both departments.

The last person to be held in contempt of Congress was Bill Barr when he was held in civil contempt, but this was a criminal charge.

In the case of Ross, he is accused of lying under oath to Congress and they requested documents to prove it. Ross refused to provide the information necessary.

Ross has called the contempt charge "political theater" and of no real substance. If that was true, he shouldn't be afraid to provide the documents. Still, he refused.

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