President Donald Trump continues to refuse to show Congress his taxes, citing an ongoing audit as an excuse.
On Saturday, former Watergate prosecutor Nick Akerman appeared on MSNBC’s Joy Reid show to demand Trump’s taxes. He even went so far as to suggest that officials who are helping shield Trump’s finances from Congressional scrutiny belong in prison if they continue to do so.
“They have every right to get all of these documents and all of these witnesses, starting with the Secretary Treasurer Mnuchin who is refusing to turn over taxes even though there is a specific statute that provides that the IRS has to turn it over to Congress, and on top of it there is good reasons to receive those taxes.”
“I believe Congress has to take a very hard line,” Akerman continued. He notes that Congress has the power to hold officials in contempt which could lead to prison.
“If the Secretary of Treasury doesn’t produce those documents he’s ought to be held in contempt. And he ought to go to prison.”
Like a fox — how a TV news channel is tearing America apart
A little over 20 years ago, Rupert Murdoch and Roger Ailes concocted a profitable way to tap into the white supremacist ideology still bubbling below America’s surface.
They started a “news” network that, instead of providing actual news, gave white, conservative viewers the news they wanted to hear: that they, their families, and their values were under attack by minorities, gays, women, liberals, socialists, Muslims, atheists, the media, etc. — and therefore their biases were justified.
It’s been a lucrative strategy. However, just making a buck wasn’t enough for them. They also wanted to shape the fortunes of the country they were dividing. Here, too, they had tremendous success.
Donald Trump and the Republican Party hate America: It’s time to say it out loud
For most of modern political history, the Republican Party has used patriotism — an odd and obfuscating sentimentality — as a weapon to shame critics of American foreign policy, and turn the general public against dissidents who reject the folly of Empire maintenance through violence. Samuel Johnson’s excoriation — made famous by Bob Dylan — that “patriotism is the last refuge of scoundrels” always seemed accurate in both its denunciation of the manipulative emotion itself, and also of those who take advantage of it for political expediency.
America has collapsed into a prone position, however, where the scoundrels are so brazen in their inhumanity, so bold in their indifference to suffering, and so barbaric in their refusal to compromise for the sake of their own country that only their own language can aptly describe them.
Does anyone understand the 2020 race? This scholar nailed the blue wave — here’s her forecast
In July 2018, the most widely respected analysts were decidedly uncertain whether the Democrats could retake the House. On July 6, Cook Political Report, for example, listed 180 seats as "solid" for Democrats, with 12 likely/lean and 3 "toss-up or worse." If the Democrats won all of those and the 22 GOP-held seats described as "toss-ups" — they'd still be one seat short of a majority, at 217.
This article first appeared in Salon.