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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A congressional tax oversight committee will not seek U.S. President Donald Trump’s tax returns, despite calls from Democrats for a review to determine possible business ties to foreign countries including Russia, the panel’s Republican chairman said on Monday.

“If Congress begins to use its powers to rummage around in the tax returns of the president, what prevents Congress from doing the same to average Americans?” House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady told reporters.

“Privacy and civil liberties are still important rights in this country, and (the) Ways and Means Committee is not going to start to weaken them.”

The Texas Republican was responding to questions about a February 1 request from Representative Bill Pascrell, who asked him to obtain Trump’s returns from Treasury so the committee could review them in closed session and vote on whether to release them to the public.

Defying decades of precedent, Trump has long refused to release the documents, which Democrats say could show whether his sprawling business empire poses any conflicts of interest as he moves forward with initiatives on issues ranging from tax reform to foreign relations.

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  1. Lynda Groom February 13, 2017

    Tell me again that Hillary was suppose to be the crook. These clowns tried to investigate every thing about the Clinton’s for decades and Trump gets a pass. Just wonderful.

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    1. dtgraham February 13, 2017

      Exactly what I was thinking. Tell me about the 19,000 Benghazi commissions and hearings again? Including having her testify for 12 straight hours or something. I wonder how many Yemen raid hearings there will be? Will it be zero or nil?

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          1. idamag February 14, 2017

            I flagged it too. It is spam. They are looking for someone dumb enough to vote for trump to con.

  2. Aaron Zanzibari February 13, 2017

    The GOP is completely under a spell—a spell that prevents them from being fair-minded and consistent. This is a byproduct of partisan politics, and is especially acute and damaging with far-reaching consequence when it comes in contact with America’s Right Wing groups.
    Had this been Hillary or any other political opposite, there would be hell to pay for a similar refusal and pussy-footing with disclosing a candidate’s tax returns.
    Justice and even-handedness are foreign concepts now, and are no longer legitimate currency with the GOP.

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    1. iamproteus February 14, 2017

      “Justice and even-handedness are foreign concepts now, and are no longer legitimate currency with the GOP.”

      Can you cite a point in time when that statement was not true?

  3. Thoughtopsy February 13, 2017

    Hang on a minute… these clowns excel at fishing expeditions into other people’s business in the hopes of finding something they can use to politically embarrass them… They’ve never expressed any fear of breaching privacy before?

    Now Cheeto Jesus is in they are suddenly shy little girls afraid that if they look at the President’s tax returns they may not be able to to stop themselves looking at everyone’s?

    That’s so stupid even a Trump voter would laugh.

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  4. leaningtotheleft February 14, 2017

    To our esteemed Senator from Pennsylvania Pat Toomey if you don’t have the balls to stand up for what is right and demand trumps tax returns then either borrow a set or do us a favor and follow Flynns lead, RESIGN!!!!

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    1. idamag February 14, 2017

      To the esteemed Senators, Crapo and Risch, from Idaho. If there is one ounce of honesty in you, nurture it. Then maybe you can earn the title, Senator.

    2. bobnstuff February 14, 2017

      You got Toomey wrong, he goes where the wind blows or the money. You can buy his vote for $59,000. look at his vote for Sec.of Ed. You couldn’t get through to his office by phone because of the calls saying not to vote for her but his vote had been bought and paid for. If Trump goes down he will try to claim he was independent of him, his own man.

  5. Cebon Waggaze February 14, 2017

    Have they bowed down to Dump and rolled over? This nation must know what his conflicts of interest are so he can be censured when him or his shoe shiners cross the ethical line. It’s common sense. Since when did Congress care about privacy laws and Constitutional rights? They’ve permitted spying on US citizens since Hoover’s FBI.

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    1. Eleanore Whitaker February 14, 2017

      The Republicans accepted campaign money from Trump. Trump and Putin are tied at the hip. Republicans know if it comes out they took campaign money or made any political patronage deals with Trump and it comes out that Trump knew all along Putin was hacking the election for him, the Republican Party is dirt. That’s why they are so desperate to cover it all up any way they can.

      1. Cebon Waggaze February 14, 2017

        So true and most likely hugely more than we know.

      2. iamproteus February 14, 2017

        The republicans are NOT going to do the right thing….period! We have no recourse but to continue to call them out at every turn with indisputable facts and urge the press to do the same.

  6. Mama Bear February 14, 2017

    Welcome to Trumpistan.

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  7. jim muster February 14, 2017

    Trump gets yet another free pass. Kevin Brady and the rest of his kind are spineless, scared little puppets of the new Agent Orange. Show us your tax returns !!!!!!

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    1. Eleanore Whitaker February 14, 2017

      I wouldn’t say he is going to get a free pass just yet. He was just all too sure he had total control of the Republican Party, the entire Legislative, Executive and Judicial branches of goverment.

      NO judge or lawyer is going to forfeit years of legal studies, legal degrees and admission to the bar and later the bench for Trump. That’s where Trump lost it.

      1. iamproteus February 14, 2017

        I would LOVE to agree with you on this point, but sadly I am not convinced that there is “NO judge or lawyer” that would be willing “to forfeit years of legal studies, legal degrees and admission to the bar and later the bench for Trump”. The fact is that trump has entire law firms on his payroll who are currently taking that risk. ….SAD!

        1. Eleanore Whitaker February 15, 2017

          For many lawyers and judges, they know they have a tiny sliver of room for ideological influence. Once you consider how well most judges in the US are paid compared to their foreign counterparts, you see where their basic instincts lie.

          Trump has always had lawyers who hide in the shadows. You will notice not once do you ever hear him name names of his legal beagles. They don’t want to slimy notoriety associated with the Trump name.

  8. Eleanore Whitaker February 14, 2017

    The Republicans are as involved in the Russian hacking of the election as it gets. This refusal to demand to see his tax returns is going to bite them in their butts now that Flynn has resigned.

    The link between Trump and the Republican Party is the former head of the RNC, Rience Priebus. That’s what this House Tax Committee’s refusal is all about. The Republican Cover Up is about to break wide open and they know it.

    This time, unlike WaterGate, it isn’t just a matter of a president resigning. It is a matter of an entire political party being involved in a massive election fraud cover up.

    What do you call rigging an election, if not election fraud? The very fact that the House won’t demand to see Trump’s tax records proves that his money influenced their approval of his being eligible to run. After all, as we all know, it is the RNC what always has the last word on which candidates can run from their party. THAT right there is where the cover up of a rigged election began.

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    1. InGen12 February 14, 2017

      And Trump refused to let the Republican party vet him as a candidate. And they went along with that! Please, please, please let this whole s@#t-show come to a head!

      1. idamag February 14, 2017

        Trump is who the Republicans are. They were better at hiding who they were. Trump is not. Trump uses strong arm in place of subterfuge.

    2. Mama Bear February 14, 2017

      you always have keen insights. How do you see it unraveling?

      1. Eleanore Whitaker February 14, 2017

        My experience with Republican, conservative men is that they are like jack-in-the-box clowns. You wind them up and at some impulse musical note, they pop up, jiggle around and then you have to push them back into the box when their silly faces become too sharp in focus.

        Flynn is only the beginning. It isn’t possible to subpoenae Flynn and ask him neutered questions that won’ t have smart Americans hearing the omissions the Republicans will avoiding asking in any investigation. They are now nailed dead to rights. If they don’t ask the questions, they may as well admit their guilt and complicity. If they do, it is an indictment of their own political actions to ensure a Republican president won the election of 2016.

        This isn’t just political parlaying with Republicans anymore. It is outright election fraud and a cover up. Once you factor in that only Republican states found gerrymandering and redistricting voting maps so necessary, you see the same underlying tricks of the White House Burglars in 1972.

        Caesar chose his court. Trump chose his. Caesar didn’t trust his court and Trump doesn’t either and therein lies the major unraveling of this RussiaGate mess.

        When I worked in two very large corporations, one thing I learned working less than 50 feet from the CEOs office is that it is possible to hear and see things you wish you never had. This is what is happening in the Trump cabinet right now. Bannon, Spicer, Priebus, Conway, the Trump sons and daughter are all going off into their own little corners to discuss “what must be done” to save their own butts.

        Pay to Play on such a grand scale was bound to fail. We in NJ knew that on the state level and had to put laws in place to stop political patronage jobs. And still, Governor Fat Mouth slipped in an army of political cronies as pay off for getting him elected. Using just that example, you see why Trump is so beholden to Putin.

        Putin got Trump elected. Trump owes Putin. Flynn is falling on his sword as surely as Scooter Libby took the fall for Cheney. Back in 2007, Libby fell on “his” sword for Cheney who was complicit in outing a CIA agent. Libby went to prison and paid a $250,000 fine and still has a prison record. Flynn is military. As such, he is far more likely to return to the military code of honor and out Trump and his maggots.

        My guess is that Conway will be the next to go. She publicly stated that the Trump administration didn’t plan to fire Flynn. Once again, the surrogate First Lady, took it upon herself to speak for “her president” when no such order was given to do so.

        This is a direct result of Trump’s ideas that you can use the same strategies he used in business to be a government leader. I don’t see how he can not be investigated for his part in the collusion with Putin. After all, not 2 days after Putin made that diluted statement in response to the Russian hacking sanctions, Trump said, “Putin is smart. I’ve always thought he was a smart man.”

        In the end, Caesar’s time line is going to do him in. As for his Republican courtiers, it will drag them down with him, especially Ryan and McConnell who posted themselves as Grand High Pubbahs of the GOP.

        1. Mama Bear February 14, 2017

          “Flynn is military. As such, he is far more likely to return to the military code of honor and out Trump and his maggots”. Seriously? you think he will tell-all?

  9. Joan February 14, 2017

    The GOP Congress has abdicated their responsibility to the American people and forsworn their oath to defend the US Constitution. They have instead, become willing accomplices to the dismantling of our institutions and destruction of our democracy. They have no honor. They presided over the installation of a Cabinet of Calamitously Ideologues whose fitness was determined by their weath. Those not singularly unqualified like DeVos and Carson are people who hate the departments they will lead. Welcome to the New World order where there is no EPA and polluters can do as they will. Where the Department of Labor is anti labor. Don’t expect recourse from our racist Attorney General and as for our Treasury Department; it is now a wholly owned subsidiary of Goldman Sachs.

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    1. idamag February 14, 2017

      You are not exaggerating in the least. This has nothing to do with Godwin’s Law, but I read “The Rise and Falls of the Third Reich,” and the similarities with Germany in the 30s and the similarities, now are scary.

  10. ivory69690@yahoo.com February 14, 2017

    but the Democrat’s are not and wont be finish yet and very well might pull the DOMMY DUMP’s taxes out of his DUMPSTER

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  11. yabbed February 14, 2017

    The Republican Party is going down with the OrangeFatBoyPervert. Let’s make this so-called administration the absolute end of the right wing freakhood in our government.

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  12. rhetoric_phobic February 14, 2017

    Yeh because they care so much about the rights of citizens. What a crock.The spineless idiots , the hijackers of the GOP are as much the problem as the Trumpenstein they created.
    We have a lot of work people. Throw out the old rule book. It’s a new day. Drastic times call for equally drastic measures.

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  13. Eleanore Whitaker February 14, 2017

    I should think what we, as Americans, would be most concerned about is this: If it is disclosed that Trump and Putin colluded to win this election (and there already is enough proof of this) and if the Republicans knew Russians were hacking into the DNC voter base and did nothing, this becomes a national constitutional crisis the likes of which makes WaterGate look like a kid caught with his hand in a cookie jar.

    If they remove Trump, we get Pence, who himself may or may not have been in on the Republican collusion with Priebus and Trump. Does he go too? And what about all of Trump’s appointments, executive orders and travel ban?

    I realize there are many who just are not Trumpliterate. But, the clues were all there that the 2016 election was rigged so that at the last minute, the GOP could use the electoral college votes which also may or may not be compromised now that we know Putin had such access to voter data bases.

    Where are we? Where do we go from here? In 241 years since the founding of the US, we have never had to question the legitimacy of the presidency or of the party that proposed him in the first place.

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  14. FireBaron February 14, 2017

    Let’s be honest. Did anyone really believe this butt-kissing excuse for a Congressional Majority would ever demand Teflon Donnie’s tax returns once he got elected? If so, I have the rights to a spillway in California I am willing to sell you.

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  15. timmfr30 February 14, 2017

    dirty, treasonous bastards

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  16. jakenhyde February 14, 2017

    Of course they won’t seek his tax returns. We’ve got the fox guarding the hen house. And let’s face it, Little Donnie is pretty hen house.

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  17. sharkbait4711 February 14, 2017

    What the Russian hacking did was uncover all of the dirty little secret of our government both RNC and DNC. No one will do anything for fear that their secrets will be leaked next. We are in for a long 3 years and 11 months and probably won’t recognize our country after Agent Orange sells it off to the highest bidder.
    Every member of our government needs to be replaced starting from Agent Orange on down the line – no one is without some skeleton’s I’m sure.
    I’m so sick of waking up every morning since November and feeling like this great country is turning into an autocratic nation.
    And those who still support Agent Orange are still as naive and clueless as they were pre-November. I’ll admit I was hoping for a “change” from either candidate but the “change” I was hoping for was not a change leading away from Democracy!

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  18. Apostol Pappas February 14, 2017

    Donald Trump was a private citizen, business man, and not a professional politician. How he conducted his tax affairs is between his business and the IRS. Not for public consumption. Stop this ridiculous anti-Trump cat chorus. When will this tantrum cease? It is now President DJ Trump. President of the USA.

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    1. Mama Bear February 14, 2017

      Your comment shows us all that you have absolutely no idea what it means to be POTUS. You have no idea what this country has always stood for. You have no idea what this snake has done to the ideals of freedom. You are either 5 years old or just plain ignorant….or most likely just a stupid can’t get a job troll.

    2. sharkbait4711 February 14, 2017

      Ever heard of the word “ETHICS”?
      Agent Orange needs to show his taxes so we have full disclosure on why he makes the decisions he makes instead of feeling like he’s doing them because he “owes” someone or some country something.
      All of you Trump supporters SCREAMED at the TOP OF YOUR LUNGS about how corrupt HRC was but yet there was no proof of any wrong doing. She was investigated 9 ways from center, provided her taxes as well as her foundations and nothing.
      Now here we are with Agent Orange in the WH and you all love the corruption happening right out front for all the world to see. We are are mockery around the world.
      #RESIST #NOT MY PRESIDENT! EVER!

      1. idamag February 14, 2017

        Remember the Republican standard bearer, and his minions tried to disband the Ethics Committee as the first thing on their agenda. Tells us who they are.

        1. Eleanore Whitaker February 14, 2017

          Ethics and principles for some “private business” owners is an oxymoron. There is more than enough evidence that Trump was not a billionaire back in 1998. And, he got a flood of lawsuits that nearly caused him to go broke. That’s why he now sells ONLY the name TRUMP like some common prostitute.

          1. idamag February 14, 2017

            I have a lot more respect for prostitutes than trump.

    3. Eleanore Whitaker February 14, 2017

      Wrong…He is now a public servant. His tax records can represent the basis of a national security risk. Stop with the save business men from honesty routine.

      It is time you Trump supporters who are lapping up more of our federal tax dollars to keep your businesses in existence. That is not what our tax dollars are for.

      This isn’t a tantrum. You show just how far you will go to give Trump the benefit of the doubt when those of us here in NJ know you know nothing about HOW he conducted his business.

      So tell us. Should a private business man hire undocumented workers as maids, bus boys and landscapers for his casinos so he doesn’t have to pay American wages and can make billions in profit? Should a private business man then get 3500 lawsuits he didn’t expect and be allowed to close down 2 casinos putting 4400 workers out of job so he could refuse to pay them their wages?

      That YOUR idea of private business? That’s MY idea of skankage.

    4. jmprint February 14, 2017

      But he is also the only president that we new was a fraud, a rapist and a racist and YOU still voted for him, so no we are not through. We need to know why the republican party is playing see no evil, hear no evil monkeys sitting in congress.

    5. plc97477 February 15, 2017

      If I am paying his salary, I have a say in what he does and what he did to get the job!

      1. Apostol Pappas February 16, 2017

        Do you really believe that Donald Trump at the age of 70 and a billionaire cares that you are paying his salary? His motivation to be president sadly escapes the mind of many liberals and critics. He did it for you, and besides, he actually mentioned that he did not want a salary from the state for being POTUS.

        1. Thoughtopsy February 18, 2017

          Any salary will be far eclipsed by the corrupt money himself and his business will be making throughout.

    6. Thoughtopsy February 17, 2017

      You are obviously either:
      – Too stupid to understand what a “conflict of interest” and why it’s incredibly dangerous for the leader of a country.
      or
      – Understand it, but are deliberately ignoring the obvious dangers to pretend everything is ok, and push some positive lies about President Snowflake….

      You wouldn’t accept your local Mayor, or City Council being under the thumb of the local crimelord and making bad decisions in his favor that negatively impact your city because of blackmail, corruption or mutual backscratching… But as long as it’s F**kface Von Clownstick as the potentially corrupt one, then that’s completely fine with you… eh?

      You’re a hypocritical waste of space. Although I do feel like a laugh, so by all means explain why Trump should be allowed to remain President despite:
      – not publishing his tax returns to show he’s not under anyone’s thumb.
      – not divesting of his entire company to ensure he doesn’t legislate to favor his own pocket.
      – publicly calling out a business for dropping his daughter’s clothing line using official channels. That’s corruption.
      – not ensuring his staff understood their ethics briefings because one just when on national television and also promoted the product of a family member of the President.
      – According to the recent dossier, agreeing to lift sanctions on Russia for a 19.5% stake in the Russian National Oil company.

      I’m all ears…

  19. idamag February 14, 2017

    The double standard. Democrats are wimps. Republicans are crooks. I read two books about trump. This man has gotten by with stuff nobody else would. I assume anything that comes out of a Republican mouth is a lie.

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  20. Eleanore Whitaker February 14, 2017

    I was rather surprised watching the Congressional hearing on the appointment of Steve Mnuchin yesterday. This guy has stiffed nearly as many people as Trump. But, according to some conservatives, stiffing others is acceptable behavior if it gets them a huge profit.

    When I heard my NJ Senator Robert Menendez’s speech, I was surprised since Senator Menendez is usually a rather shy, behind the scenes politician. He laid out exactly what Mnuchin’s past record has been.

    But, when Senator Menendez was asked why he was bringing up Mnuchin’s past, he dead eyed the Republican who asked, “Mnuchin doesn’t have a government record or reputation. So, as a private business man, all we have to judge his qualifications for Secy. of the Treasury is his record in private business.”

    Got that Pappas?

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  21. jmprint February 14, 2017

    Looks like Kevin Brady in one of those alligators in the swamp.

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  22. chino49p February 14, 2017

    kevin brady knows that “average” citizens are not the same as the president, and that average citizens are not in any position to put the country’s security and well being in jeopardy BECAUSE of any ties and obligations we might have with foreign governments or foreign banks and mobsters. This has nothing to do with average citizens, that is a smokescreen to protect one of the most corrupt administrations in our history and this is just the beginning.

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  23. bobnstuff February 14, 2017

    If Trumps taxes are off limits does that mean so are mine or everyone else? Are drug dealers tax return private? Wasn’t it through his tax returns that they got Al Capone? They can listen to our phone calls, read our Email but we can’t have Trumps tax returns reviewed. Funny how this works.

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