On Tuesday, during a House Financial Services Committee hearing with Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, Rep. Sean Duffy (R-WI) went out of his way to decry efforts by House Democrats to obtain President Donald Trump’s tax returns — and ultimately hogged the floor so much trying to defend the president that Chairwoman Maxine Waters (D-CA) was forced to rebuke him.
Duffy said that he personally believed Trump should disclose his taxes, but “to walk down a political road where we’re going to use the chairman of Ways and Means, and the power given to the chair, for political purposes, to gain the tax returns of our political opponents — we know that when one action is taken, it oftentimes doesn’t stop.”
“I don’t know that anyone in this room wants to have their taxes released,” said Duffy. “I don’t know if Hillary and Bill want theirs released, I don’t know if Obama wants his released.” He then bantered with Mnuchin, saying “of course there would be a concern,” if former GOP Ways and Means chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) had requested Democrats’ tax returns, leading Waters to cut him off and note he was out of time.
At this point, Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-NY) angrily cut in, reminding Duffy that “Barack Obama did disclose his tax returns. In fact, every President of the United States since Nixon opened their tax returns.”
He then reminded everyone that Trump promised to release his tax returns himself, contradicting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney’s recent proclamation that Congress will “never” see them. “So that means that he has lied to the American people. I hope, Mr. Secretary, you’re not a liar, and other individuals in the administration [is] not a liar, and that when you testify, you testify to the truth, and not deceiving individuals.”
“Point of order,” interrupted Duffy. “If the gentleman is calling the president a liar—”
“The time belongs to the gentleman from New York,” interjected Waters. “Do not interrupt him. There is no point of order, what is your point of order?”
“The president is a covered personality, and I believe the gentleman was calling the president a liar,” said Duffy.
“The chair does not recognize that as a point of order,” said Waters.
Trump adviser’s ‘repugnant’ lack of concern for human life slammed by ethics expert
On Monday, President Donald Trump's economic adviser Kevin Hassett appeared on CNN to urge the economy to reopen, saying, "Our human capital stock is ready to go back to work."
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) May 25, 2020
Trump uses Memorial Day to attack Biden and recycle old lies about his coronavirus response
NYT: "At Least 430,000 People Have Arrived in the United States on Direct Flights From China"
President Donald Trump used the occasion of the Memorial Day holiday to recycle old, debunked lies about his likely Democratic opponent, former Vice President Joe Biden.
In a tweet Trump made several accusations, none of them are true.
Sleepy Joe Biden (mostly his reps.) went crazy when I banned, in late January, people coming in from China. He called me “xenophobic” & then went equally “nuts” when we let in 44,000 people - until he was told they were American citizens coming home. He later apologized!
Trump scorned for claiming he has ‘great reviews’ on COVID-19: ‘This is not a game show’
On Monday, President Donald Trump complained on Twitter that he wasn't getting enough credit for his COVID-19 response, but that he was still getting "great reviews" on it all the same.
Commenters on social media were not pleased with the president's remarks.
Great reviews? Like on Rotten Tomatoes?
— Lira (@LoudmouthLira) May 25, 2020