The laws are clear, according to legal experts who say the IRS "shall" hand over the tax returns of any person in the U.S. if requested by the Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee. The law also says any federal employee who does not properly execute tax laws can be jailed.
The Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee gave the IRS a deadline of Wednesday to hand over six years of President Donald Trump's tax returns. The Secretary of the Treasury, Steve Mnuchin, intervened. His response: We're talking with the DOJ and we'll get back to you.
Americans, the vast majority of whom want to see Trump's tax returns, won't under this law, but clearly they want the Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee to see them.
And they're tired of this administration's stonewalling tactics on everything, from releasing Trump's tax returns to releasing the Mueller report.
Many on Friday took to social media to blast Mnuchin issuing calls for him to be jailed, as the law apparently directs, for interfering with the IRS's legal requirement to fulfill the Ways and Means Chairman's request.
Borrowing and tweaking a Trump campaign rally popular call, many are also saying, "lock him up!"
Take a look:
Lock him up. I'm not kidding. It's not some pointless chant to be mouthed by toothless morons in red hats. It's… https://t.co/zzxKZLUL1h— David Rothkopf (@David Rothkopf)1555036875.0
I’m not sure why it’s taking so long but the laws are there and Dems need to use every thing they have to make sure… https://t.co/jo9HW7GkcR— Olga Lautman (@Olga Lautman)1555036589.0
damn democrats, stop being so damn passive. Arrest Mnuchin right got damn now. Stop letting #GOP run all over you.… https://t.co/TzqNBrKsKE— Dimitrious Gartrell (@Dimitrious Gartrell)1555030896.0
It’d be interesting, wouldn’t it, if Mnuchin upon opting to block release to the Committee, Trump’s tax returns, fo… https://t.co/TTNj9FJSs7— Enemy of your State of Mind (@Enemy of your State of Mind)1555076833.0
Go to jail! Go directly to jail & don’t pass Go! #Mnuchin https://t.co/t1Swo2lr2k— lorili (@lorili)1555036180.0
@SaysHummingbird Can I start chanting “lock him up” because legally Mnuchin either has to follow the law or go to j… https://t.co/9lRYIVOGRH— The Duchess (@The Duchess)1555083132.0
@TheLastWord @Lawrence @DavidCayJ Mnuchin, the smug prick, should be jailed for contempt. His vociferous recalcitra… https://t.co/Mi11bakble— Ray Sieber (@Ray Sieber)1555078766.0
@SenBlumenthal Lock him up! Lock him up! #Mnuchin— Dave Satz (@Dave Satz)1555076575.0
@JRubinBlogger Is there such a thing as acting in contempt of Congress? If so, what's the penalty? Could someone go… https://t.co/KZffxshQP3— Ray Villescas (@Ray Villescas)1555032964.0
@SenBlumenthal @DrCherylBrodie Would a judge throw Mnuchin in jail, held in Contempt, until the taxes are produced? Let's find out.— Ben Davis (@Ben Davis)1555017950.0