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Steve Mnuchin could be held in contempt of Congress over Trump tax return flub

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A senior member of the House Ways and Means Committee is warning that Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin could be held in contempt of Congress for the Trump administration’s “stonewalling” on the president’s tax returns.

Politico reported that Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-NJ), a senior member of the Ways and Means Committee, slammed the administration for missing its Wednesday deadline to deliver Donald Trump’s tax returns to the panel.

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Pascrell added that Internal Revenue Service Commissioner Chuck Rettig should consider stepping down over the move.

The New Jersey Democrat made the suggestion after Mnuchin’s appearance before Congress earlier in the week that included a verbal sparring match with Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) after he attempted to cut his Financial Services Committee hearing short.

“I want to take a look at contempt of Congress here,” Pascrell said, “because the way Mnuchin talked and the way he writes, he’s very dismissive of the legislative branch of government, particularly if that part of the legislative branch of government is controlled by the Democratic Party.”

Congress, the legislator added, must defend its Constitutional prerogatives.

Pascrell added that Commissioner Rettig should consider stepping down after Mnuchin, and not the IRS, responded to the committee’s request for the president’s tax returns.

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During his two days of testimony on Capitol Hill this week, numerous Democratic members of Congress told Rettig that “Treasury secretaries have long deferred to the head of the IRS on these matters.” Nonetheless, the Commissioner retained his defense that Treasury supervises the IRS.

“Now that IRS commissioner must stand up for America,” Pascrell said, “or maybe he should leave his job if he can’t.”


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MSNBC’s ‘demotion’ of ‘feckless’ Chuck Todd celebrated: ‘Hurray! More Nicolle, less Chuck’

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MSNBC host Chuck Todd was moved to an earlier timeslot where his show, "Meet the Press Daily," will likely earn lower ratings. Meanwhile, Nicolle Wallace seems to have been promoted to a two-hour timeslot leading into primetime.

Wallace, who has extensive experience in Washington, previously served in George W. Bush's White House until abandoning the GOP as the era of Trump came to power.

Todd has made several missteps where he's been unwilling to press GOP leaders who lie openly and obviously on camera.

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George Conway blasts ‘blundering cheat’ Trump in new op-ed: ‘His name should live in infamy’

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Prominent conservative attorney George T. Conway III has written yet another Washington Post op-ed blasting President Donald Trump.

"If there’s one thing we know about President Trump, it’s that he lies and he cheats. Endlessly," Conway wrote. "And shamelessly. But still, mostly, incompetently."

"So it should have come as no surprise that Trump finally went where no U.S. president had ever gone before. In a tweet last week, he actually suggested that the country 'Delay the Election.' That trial balloon was a brazen effort to see if he can defraud his way into four more years in the White House," he explained. "And why not try? After all, Trump has managed to swindle his way through life, on matters large and small, essential and trivial."

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Trump’s ‘delay the election’ tweet laid the groundwork for him and his followers to have an excuse if he loses

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Writing in The New York Times this Monday, Gail Collins and Bret Stephens discuss their contention that President Trump is seeing the writing on the wall regarding the 2020 election, an analysis born from his recent tweet where he suggests delaying the election.

According to Stephens, Trump's tweet is a sign that he knows "in his heart" that he's going to lose in November.

"He’s laying the groundwork not for a coup but for an excuse, both for himself and for his followers," Stephens says. "It creates a mythology to explain defeat, attack Joe Biden and keep the Trump family relevant in the Republican Party. The fact that he’d pull a stunt like this is another reason it’s so important that he lose in a landslide in November."

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