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Democrats to use ‘arcane’ law to unmask Trump’s tax returns by the end of the month: report

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Democrats are planning to demand President Donald Trump’s tax returns in roughly two weeks — and are going to use a little-known law to do so.

“We’re almost ready to go,” said Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-NJ), an “outspoken” proponent of using an “arcane” law to get the president’s tax returns, told Politico Tuesday afternoon.

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As Politico PRO editor Marty Kady noted, “this is going to escalate very quickly.”

A HuffPost report from the end of February explained the law Pascrell has proposed using to get the president’s tax returns.

“Federal law says the chairs of certain committees, including Ways and Means, can ask for copies of any taxpayer’s returns and that the treasury secretary ‘shall furnish such committee with any return or return information’ specified in the request,” the report noted. “The law dates to the 1920s and is designed to be a way for Congress to check corruption in the executive branch.”

At the time, the New Jersey Democrat was quoted saying he was tired of waiting for the committee to pull the trigger.

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“All it takes is writing a letter, putting a stamp on it,” Pascrell said. “I’ll deliver it myself. I volunteer.”


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Former FBI agent explains why Trump just opened himself to more legal problems

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Former FBI agent Asha Rangappa explained that the recent revelations that President Donald Trump made a promise to a foreign leader that made an intelligence official uncomfortable enough to declare themselves a whistleblower.

Rangapp explained that the President has a fairly wide latitude to conduct foreign affairs as he sees fit. But "when it comes to the 'outside world,' the President represents the sovereign: He is basically the voice of the United States and can negotiate with world leaders on its behalf."

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New York cop who became El Chapo’s security guard arrested for selling cocaine and taking bribes

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A New York cop is being prosecuted after he was outed for selling cocaine and taking bribes after he went to work for drug kingpin El Chapo.

The New York Daily News reported Wednesday that Officer Ishmael Bailey had his bail set at $50,000 after he was arrested and arraigned in Queens Criminal Court. He was charged with possession and sale of narcotics, conspiracy, bribe receiving as a public servant and failing to perform duties as a public servant.

Lawyer Jeff Cohen argued that Bailey had two children and had to pay child support. The lawyer explained that Bailey “does understand the severity of his charges.”

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A veteran teacher explains why Trump is incapable of learning

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While dyslexia has been mentioned now and then as one of the reasons Donald Trump is so ignorant of what it takes to govern in a free society, I want to explore it as foundational to his inability to learn and grow while in office—and also as a way to link disparate troubling elements in his makeup.

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