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Post by Tiredretiredlawyer » Thu May 23, 2019 11:04 am

SLQ wrote:
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Garland, if he ends up on the panel, will apply the law. Whether or not he gets a little satisfaction out of correctly applying the law against a rogue president will be his secret. But the same is true of literally any judge who feels bound by the Constitution, separation of powers, and the rule of law.

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Post by Addie » Tue Jun 11, 2019 12:20 pm

Law & Crime: Trump Appeals Ruling Over Congressional Subpoena. His Brief Is a Disaster.

President Donald Trump’s legal team appears to be having trouble course-correcting in its battle over congressional subpoenas of Trump’s financial records. Instead of revamping their legal arguments to include something that might actually convince a judge, Team Trump keeps hammering away with the same losing argument: Congress can’t have the president’s records because only the president’s own people are allowed to investigate him. Trump’s lawyers aren’t just doubling-down on their “Congress lacks authority” argument either – they’re throwing in some threats just to keep things lively.

Trump’s brief to the D.C. Circuit, filed Monday, lays out the primary argument against the congressional subpoenas: by gathering Trump’s records, Congress is illegally encroaching on the executive branch’s turf. The power to investigate, Trump argues, belongs only to the executive, and Congress should stay in the land of legislation and leave the president and his financial documents alone.

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Post by Jcolvin2 » Tue Jun 11, 2019 1:56 pm

SLQ wrote:
Wed May 22, 2019 10:06 pm
Garland, if he ends up on the panel, will apply the law. Whether or not he gets a little satisfaction out of correctly applying the law against a rogue president will be his secret. But the same is true of literally any judge who feels bound by the Constitution, separation of powers, and the rule of law.

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On June 10, 2019, it was announced that the panel will be comprised of Judges Tatel, Millett and Rao

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Post by Jcolvin2 » Fri Jun 14, 2019 8:27 pm

The DOJ Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) released its memorandum supporting Treasury Secretary Mnuchin's decision to refuse to turn over President Trump's tax returns. I believe that the author of the memo (Engel) worked under Flood in the White House Counsel's Office.

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Jcolvin2 wrote:
Fri Jun 14, 2019 8:27 pm
I believe that the author of the memo (Engel) worked under Flood in the White House Counsel's Office.
Flood was White House counsel for Oct.-Dec. 2018. Engel was confirmed (as AAG for OLC) in 2017.

Executive summary of Engel's party-line memo: the request for the president's tax returns serves no legitimate legislative purpose. And the executive branch is the first, last, and only decider on what is a legitimate legislative purpose.
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Post by Jcolvin2 » Fri Jun 14, 2019 9:12 pm

bob wrote:
Fri Jun 14, 2019 8:45 pm
Flood was White House counsel for Oct.-Dec. 2018. Engel was confirmed (as AAG for OLC) in 2017.
You are correct. I was recalling memos from Engel to Flood and mistakenly assumed Engel was part of WH Counsel, rather than with OLC.

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Post by bob » Tue Jul 02, 2019 8:15 pm

WaPo: House Democrats sue Trump administration over president’s tax returns:
House Democrats filed a lawsuit Tuesday in federal court seeking access to President Trump’s tax returns, accusing the Trump administration of an “extraordinary attack” on Congress in preventing the disclosure of the president’s personal financial records.

Rep. Richard E. Neal (D-Mass.), chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, filed the lawsuit against the Internal Revenue Service and the Treasury Department after months of feuding with the administration over the returns.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig, who have denied Democrats’ demands for the returns, are named as defendants.

“Defendants have mounted an extraordinary attack on the authority of Congress to obtain information needed to conduct oversight of Treasury, the IRS, and the tax laws on behalf of the American people who participate in the Nation’s voluntary tax system,” the 49-page lawsuit states.
The Committee's complaint.
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Post by neonzx » Wed Jul 03, 2019 12:34 pm


Zoe Tillman✔ @ZoeTillman
US District Judge Trevor McFadden has been assigned to House Dems' lawsuit seeking Trump's tax returns (see: https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/zo ... umps-taxes …). McFadden recently was in the news for rejecting Dems' challenge to Trump's plan to pay for border construction
(see: https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/zo ... order-wall …)

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To which Trump replied, Fuck the law. I don't give a fuck about the law. I want my fucking money.

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case study in "elections matter" in 3.. 2..
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Post by Addie » Mon Jul 08, 2019 1:14 pm

NBC News
N.Y. Gov. Cuomo signs bill allowing Congress to access Trump's state tax returns

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday signed a bill that would allow certain members of Congress to access President Donald Trump's New York state tax returns.

The bill, which Cuomo had been expected to OK, requires New York officials to release tax returns of public officials that have been requested by "congressional tax-related committees" that have cited "specified and legitimate legislative purpose" in seeking them.

"This bill gives Congress the ability to fulfill its Constitutional responsibilities, strengthen our democratic system and ensure that no one is above the law," Cuomo, a Democrat, said in a statement. "Tax secrecy is paramount — the exception being for bona fide investigative and law enforcement purposes."

The tax bill, which was passed weeks ago by the Democratically controlled state Legislature, makes it easier for New York to turn over the state tax returns of certain public office-holders, along with entities those people control or have a large stake in, that are requested by the leaders of the three congressional tax-writing committees.

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Post by Addie » Mon Jul 08, 2019 7:30 pm

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DOJ files to halt Trump suit demanding financial documents

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department on Monday challenged a federal judge’s decision to allow a case accusing President Donald Trump of profiting off the presidency to move forward, asking an appeals court to take up the case instead.

Justice lawyers asked the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia to overrule a federal judge and instead allow for a mid-case appeal or to dismiss the case outright, calling the case dealing with a Revolutionary War-era clause “extraordinary.”

The government lawyers also want the court to suspend legal discovery recently approved by U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan, which would force Trump-related entities such as his New York and D.C. hotels, Trump Tower, the Trump Organization, and Mar-a-Lago Club to turn over business tax returns, receipts and other documents.

Justice lawyers said in the filings that answering their 37 subpoena requests in the interim, by July 29, would cause Trump “irreparable injury” and distract him from his official duties.

This is the second time Justice lawyers have petitioned a higher court to take up a case dealing with the emoluments clause, which bans government officials from accepting foreign gifts and money without Congress’ permission. Last December, the federal appeals court agreed to hear a similar case out of a Maryland federal court that had also reached such a point. In the meantime, a stay on proceedings was also allowed.

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Post by Kendra » Mon Jul 08, 2019 7:56 pm

Justice lawyers said in the filings that answering their 37 subpoena requests in the interim, by July 29, would cause Trump “irreparable injury” and distract him from his official duties.
So, executive time, Twitter and golf aren't enough of a distraction? Or are those his official duties?

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Post by Addie » Mon Jul 22, 2019 7:32 am

NBC News: The one Democrat who can get Trump's state taxes doesn't want to. That's infuriated the left.

Ways and Means chair Richard Neal, D-Mass., is taking a pass on a new NY law allowing him to obtain info on the president's finances.

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Post by Addie » Fri Jul 26, 2019 8:00 pm

HuffPo: Democrats Just Blew Up A Top Trump Argument For Keeping His Taxes Secret

Contrary to the Trump administration, Congress actually HAS grabbed a sitting president’s confidential tax info before.

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Post by Dan1100 » Tue Jul 30, 2019 5:34 pm

This is the case on the NY statute giving Trump's state returns (with is federal returns stapled to the back) to Congress. Click link for more info from Zoe.

https://twitter.com/ZoeTillman/status/1 ... 4547447810
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NOW: Lawyers for Trump, House Dems, and the state of NY filed a status report alerting the judge they are "unable to reach agreement" on how to proceed in the legal fight over whether Dems can invoke a NY law to get Trump's state tax returns
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Post by Addie » Thu Aug 22, 2019 8:49 pm

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Democrats Just Got A Break In Their Trump Tax Return Case

A whistleblower’s allegation of interference with the president’s IRS audit hints at another way to obtain those tax returns. ...


First, the whistleblower could boost their legal case. Democrats want to see the president’s tax returns partly because they don’t trust him not to improperly influence his audit. The IRS has said such concerns are “unfounded,” but if Democrats have evidence of possible interference, those concerns would be pretty well-founded.

Democrats on the House Ways and Means Committee sued the Trump administration in July for defying a federal disclosure law that is supposed to give certain congressional committee chairs access to anyone’s private tax information. The Treasury Department has refused to turn over the president’s tax returns in response to first a formal request and then a subpoena from the Ways and Means panel.

The committee’s lawyers revealed their whistleblower material this week in a motion that asked U.S. District Judge Trevor McFadden to hurry up and order the administration to obey the law. The case, which is currently in the District of Columbia’s federal trial court, could run longer than a year due to appeals.

Another reason the whistleblower is a big deal is that he or she might be able to give the committee information on Trump’s tax returns. The law empowers IRS whistleblowers to divulge material to Congress.

In most situations, it is highly illegal for IRS employees to expose private tax information, but they can give it to the House Ways and Means or Senate Finance committee if they suspect wrongdoing. Specifically, the law says that an IRS employee who has access to returns can divulge documents to tax committees “if such person believes such return or return information may relate to possible misconduct, maladministration, or taxpayer abuse.”

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Oh please oh please oh please. :pray: :pray: :pray: :pray: :pray:
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Post by Addie » Fri Aug 23, 2019 3:53 pm

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Judges surprise attorneys for Trump’s bankers by asking about his tax returns

The hearing featured arguments over whether Deutsche Bank and Capital One should have to comply with subpoenas from Congress.


NEW YORK — Attorneys for Deutsche Bank and Capital One repeatedly refused to tell a federal appeals court Friday whether the banks have President Trump’s tax returns, citing “contractual obligations” for rebuffing the court’s questions.

Trump is appealing a district court ruling that cleared the way for the banks to hand over years of financial records from the president, his three eldest children and the president’s companies to two House committees.

Toward the end of Friday’s hearing, the three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit considering the appeal asked the banks’ attorneys whether the documents subject to the subpoenas could potentially include the president’s tax returns. ...

“It is a fairly important question in this case,” Newman said.

The banks agreed to provide the court a letter within 48 hours addressing the matter, but it was unclear what the letter would specify.

Trump’s attorney told the panel that the House Financial Services and Intelligence committees were pushing the boundaries of their powers and that the subpoenas for his banking records didn’t serve a legitimate legislative purpose.

The committees’ attorney said the committee members were within their legal rights and need the documents as part of their oversight duties.

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Post by Addie » Wed Aug 28, 2019 8:35 am

CBS News
Deutsche Bank says it has Trump-related tax records Congress wants

New York -- President Trump's longtime bank revealed Tuesday that it has tax records Congress is seeking in its investigation of the president's finances.

Deutsche Bank said in court papers it has tax returns in the wake of a subpoena sent this year, in which Congress asked the bank for a host of documents related to Mr. Trump and his family.

But the bank didn't specify whether those documents include tax returns filed by Mr. Trump.

He has long declined to release his tax returns and is seeking to block two House committees from getting the records, calling their document requests unlawful.

A federal appeals court ordered Deutsche Bank to say whether Mr. Trump's tax returns were in its possession after an attorney for the bank refused to answer that question during a hearing last week.

The bank, in its court filing Tuesday, blacked out the name of the person or people whose tax records it had, citing privacy rules. It said it also has tax records "related to parties not named in the subpoenas but who may constitute 'immediate family'" of individuals named in the document request. ...

Mr. Trump and three of his children sued to stop the House Financial Services and Intelligence committees from getting the records on the grounds that the requests were overly broad and unconstitutional.
Adding:
Associated Press: Deutsche Bank has tax returns sought in Congressional probe

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Post by Addie » Wed Aug 28, 2019 1:35 pm

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Law & Crime
Deutsche Bank Responds to Judge’s Order, Confirms It Has Tax Returns ‘Responsive to Subpoenas’

Following a filing on Tuesday, it’s been confirmed that Deutsche Bank has the tax returns of someone in the Trump family, though the redacted document didn’t name names. The letter to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit claimed that the bank only had the tax returns of one specific member of the Trump family.
Based on Deutsche Bank’s current knowledge and the results of the extensive searches that have already been conducted, the Bank has in its possession tax returns (in either draft or as-filed form) responsive to the Subpoenas for [redacted]. In addition, the Bank has such documents related to parties not named in the Subpoenas but who may constitute “immediate family” within the definition provided in the Subpoenas. The Bank does not believe it possesses tax returns responsive to the Subpoenas for individuals named in the Subpoenas other than those identified above.
The letter follows Friday’s court order to both Deutsche Bank and Capital One, stating that both must address Trump’s tax returns via letter. Attorneys for the two banks cited “contractual obligations” in their argument with the Second Circuit over the returns. The banks lost that argument, however, and were asked to respond to the issue via letter within 48 hours. Capital One said Tuesday that it didn’t have tax returns responsive to the subpoena.

Democrats have suggested that some of the loans Deutsche and Capital One gave Trump could have been used in some sort of Russian money-laundering scheme.

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Post by Addie » Wed Sep 11, 2019 9:13 pm

CNBC
Michael Cohen cooperating in probe into whether Trump Organization falsified records

Michael Cohen has agreed to cooperate in an investigation into whether the Trump Organization falsified business records, a source familiar with the situation told NBC News.

Cohen signed a proffer agreement with the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, which is investigating the Trump Organization, the source said. The agreement stipulates that he will cooperate with the office in its investigation.

The investigation could result in fines against the Trump Organization or Allen Weisselberg, who managed the organization’s business affairs.

On Aug. 20, representatives from the DA’s office went to meet with Cohen at Otisville Prison in upstate New York, where he is serving a three-year sentence after pleading guilty to campaign finance violations related to hush money payments to two women who claimed that had affairs with Trump prior to taking office, the source told NBC News.


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Post by Addie » Mon Sep 16, 2019 3:22 pm

New York Times
8 Years of Trump Tax Returns Are Subpoenaed by Manhattan D.A.

State prosecutors in Manhattan have subpoenaed President Trump’s accounting firm to demand eight years of his personal and corporate tax returns, according to several people with knowledge of the matter.

The subpoena opens a new front in a wide-ranging effort to obtain copies of the president’s tax returns, which Mr. Trump initially said he would make public during the 2016 campaign but has since refused to disclose.

The subpoena was issued by the Manhattan district attorney’s office late last month, soon after it opened a criminal investigation into the role that the president and his family business played in hush-money payments made in the run-up to the election.

Both Mr. Trump and his company reimbursed Michael D. Cohen, the president’s former lawyer and fixer, for money Mr. Cohen paid to buy the silence of Stormy Daniels, a pornographic film actress who said she had an affair with Mr. Trump. The president has denied the affair.

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