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Trump-defender goes down in flames after claiming Democrats have no right to look at president’s tax returns

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On Thursday, a panel discussion hosted by CNN ‘s Jake Tapper explained why President Donald Trump should release his tax returns.

At a House Ways and Means Committee hearing, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin was asked if he would release Trump’s tax returns.

“We will examine the request and we will follow the law … and we will protect the president as we would protect any taxpayer,” Mnuchin answered.

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Democratic strategist Karen Finney explained that there is enough credible evidence to demand that Trump release his tax returns.

“There is a lot of evidence lying in plain sight,” Finney said. “Look at the charitable giving. If we had an opportunity to look at his taxes, we would learn something about his so-called charitable giving. We already know that the Trump Foundation had to shut down because he was using it for personal reasons, not any real charity.”

“I think there are plenty of instances in plain sight where it’s fairly clear that the president uses all sorts of trickery to avoid paying taxes, to lower his actual income amount so he can pay less. It goes to defrauding the American taxpayer,” she added.

However, Republican Mike Shields argued that Democrats do have a substantial reason to see Trump’s tax returns.

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“It’s not legal to use for political reasons to go rummaging around through tax returns, whether it’s the president or anybody,” he said. “Ranking members do not believe it’s legal. Mnuchin said he would consult with his counsel to determine whether or not it’s legal. If you don’t have a reason other than politics, which is what this looks like. That’s what all these investigations are looking like.”

“Mnuchin said he would accept the request. He didn’t say he was going to turn over the taxes. What do you make of it all?” Tapper asked.

“A recurring issue with Trump is violating a norm,” conservative columnist Mary Katharine Ham said. “Trump is violating norms so we should violate a norm to beat him violating a norm, and that can be very dangerous. There are implications here that could be abusive in the future. Although, I would like to see Trump’s taxes. I think there is something there that he doesn’t want us to see.”

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Political commentator Symone Sanders added by saying, “The idea of Donald Trump violating norms– meaning to go about business as usual is not smart. It’s crazy.”

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Marine Corps unit busted planning to hold a party at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort: report

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President Donald Trump is facing yet another corruption scandal after a Marine Corps unit was caught planning to hold a party at the commander-in-chief's Mar-a-Lago resort.

"At a time when taxpayer and foreign-government spending at Trump Organization properties is fueling political battles, a U.S. Marine Corps reserve unit stationed in South Florida hopes to hold an annual ball at a venue that could profit the commander-in-chief," the Miami Herald reported Thursday.

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Internet blown away by Giuliani’s ‘pants-sh*tting panic’ freak out on CNN’s Cuomo

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Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani received harsh reviews of his Thursday evening appearance on CNN with anchor Chris Cuomo.

Many people worried about Giuliani's mental health after watching the interview.

Here is some of what people were saying about Trump's defense attorney.

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Maddow is visibly shocked Trump is claiming in court the president can’t even be investigated

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The host of "The Rachel Maddow Show" on MSNBC was flabbergasted by the latest court moves by President Donald Trump as he continues to hide his tax returns from investigators.

The host noted the ongoing legal battle Trump is waging to keep his accounting firm, Mazars, from handing over eight years of his tax returns to New York state investigators.

The host was shocked by the headline on the front-page of The Washington Post website.

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