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Democratic lawmaker slams GOP hypocrisy on Trump’s tax returns: ‘This is what burns my fanny’

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On CNN’s “OutFront” with Erin Burnett, Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-NJ) blasted President Donald Trump and his GOP allies in Congress for doing their utmost to block the release of his tax returns — and revealed their stunning hypocrisy on the issue.

“What is he hiding?” said Pascrell. “[What] are the Republicans, for over two years, trying to defend the president when no one’s accused him of anything? We want to see what’s in his tax returns. And we’re not going to make it public, that also is very clear in the law.”

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“And the Republicans had no trouble, and this is what burns my fanny. Four years ago they went after — if you remember they went after the head of the IRS,” said Pascrell, referring to GOP outrage over the fact that political nonprofit groups, including some named “Tea Party,” were singled out for extra scrutiny over their tax status — and yet there was virtual silence from them on the auditing of liberal groups. “Remember that?”

“Yes, I do remember that,” said Burnett.

“And 50 individuals because they belonged to quote-unquote ‘liberal groups’ to prove their point, their taxes — their tax returns were audited. Their tax returns were unfolded, their names, their business. And then what happened? Nothing. Nothing was found. Nothing was illegal. What are they talking about, this is total hypocrisy.”

“I asked the chairman, when he was a Republican, when the Republicans were in charge in 2017, ‘Let’s do this together so that it is nonpartisan.’ He laughed at me,” said Pascrell.

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CNN’s Cuomo demolishes Rudy Giuliani’s conspiracy theory about Biden and Ukraine

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Last week, CNN's Chris Cuomo played host to President Donald Trump's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani, who went off on a half-intelligible rant about former Vice President Joe Biden and tried to paint him as corrupt for fighting to remove a Ukrainian prosecutor.

"For us it's about whether or not people in power are telling you the truth, and Rudy Giuliani was not telling you the truth on things that matter," said Cuomo. "So we wanted to check the holes in the president's theory several times on this show. It's not just about the Biden family, it about other things that Rudy Giuliani's calling out and we went to the source."

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Trump’s Ukraine stunt was just the beginning — he will do whatever it takes to poison the 2020 election

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An ‘obvious quid pro quo’ the American people must punish: CNN’s Toobin goes off on Trump’s Ukraine plot

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On Monday's edition of CNN's "The Situation Room," chief legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin broke down the "obvious" quid pro quo demand in President Donald Trump's attempt to pressure Ukraine into hunting for dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden.

"What do you think, Jeffrey?" asked host Wolf Blitzer. "Does it sound like the president tied that military aid to his request to investigate the Bidens?"

"Of course. Of course," said Toobin. "The only reason the Ukrainian president is interested in talking to the president is because he wants this aid. And the president says, as he's acknowledging, go and investigate Biden. This is an obvious quid pro quo, and it's a quid pro quo not for the benefit of the American people, not for the benefit of our national interests — it's a quid pro quo to help Donald Trump get reelected."

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