President Donald Trump has retained a constitutional law attorney to fight Democrats who this week officially filed to obtain his tax returns. Representing President Trump is William Consovoy, who also represented him in his emoluments clause case.
In a 4-page letter to Trump’s hand-picked U.S. Treasury general counsel, Consovoy says the Democrats’ request is a “misguided attempt to politicize the administration of the tax laws,” and “will not succeed.”
And he suggests the House Ways and Means Committee is requesting the President’s tax returns to punish him for his “First Amendment freedoms” to free speech, “political belief,” and “association.”
Consovoy also says Ways and Means has “no legitimate committee purpose,” which Chairman Neal already addressed this week.
NBC News published a copy of Consovoy’s letter:
Pres. Trump retains counsel in responding to House Democrats' requests for his tax returns:
Requests for tax information "are not consistent with governing law … We are confident that this misguided attempt to politicize the administration of the tax laws will not succeed.” pic.twitter.com/mzDm3tWHqQ
— NBC Politics (@NBCPolitics) April 5, 2019
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The transcripts are from the depositions of Deputy Assistant to the President Timothy Morrison and Vice President Pence’s special adviser on Europe and Russia, Jennifer Williams.
The chairs of the Intelligence, Foreign Affairs, and Oversight committees released a joint statement on the testimony.
"The testimony released today shows that President Trump’s July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Zelensky immediately set off alarm bells throughout the White House. Both witnesses provided the Committees with first-hand accounts after personally listening to the call in the White House Situation Room," the chairs said.
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"Melanie, it's hard to know what all independent and undecided voters might be thinking, but I had a guest on earlier who made a powerful point, in that some voters might be looking at the pattern of how the president describes particularly powerful women, and he would call her bad news and she had such an esteemed reputation," said anchor Fredricka Wilson.
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