SCOTUS is Corrupt!

 “The Supreme Court has lost its honor, prestige, and standing, & has become nothing more than a political body, with our Country paying the price.” – Donald Trump

What a crybaby!

I am no fan of this Supreme Court but in this case, the law is clear. The House Ways and Means Committee has the explicit legal authority to review the tax returns of ANY citizen. Mr. Trump is a citizen. It is not even a close call.

28 thoughts on “SCOTUS is Corrupt!

  1. Didn’t he appoint one third of those on the Court today? Then, by definition HE is just as corrupt. Or incompetent and should never be allowed to serve in any elected position. Except MAYBE, HOA director at Mar-a-Lago.

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    1. They have the power to view the returns FOR LEGISLATIVE PURPOSE, not to look for something to leak to the press.

      Violating any taxpayer’s privacy is a felony.

      They have become accustomed to being able to use leaks without consequence, but that ends Jan 3.


      1. The law (IRC Section 6103f) grants the authority and does not qualify the authority in any way. However, it can be argued that the general principle applies – Congress should only use its investigatory powers for legitimate legislative purposes. (As an aside, what legitimate legislative purpose is served by investigation of Hunter Biden?)

        With respect to Trump’s taxes, the legitimate legislative purpose is easily discerned. He has frequently bragged about paying zero taxes on income streams supposedly in the many millions so examining his returns DOES serve a legislative purpose – identifying and closing egregious loopholes that allow the uber wealthy to avoid paying their share. And since the very Trump-friendly SCOTUS has ruled in favor of the House, it would seem your charge of “felony” is a little bit overblown.

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        1. I have company, no time to look it up for you but it came up before here. It’s in the Act establishing the IRS, Disclosure of taxpayer information other than in prosecution of tax fraud is a felony.


      2. RE: “The law (IRC Section 6103f) grants the authority and does not qualify the authority in any way.”

        Not true. The first sentence of the statute, for example, states: “Returns and return information shall be confidential…”


      3. And you don’t think the firebrands in the GOP won’t leak like a crab pot any tidbits from the investigations they are planning.

        An aside to this conversation is the value of leaks. From either party.

        We have three ways to learn what is going on in government.

        It tells us directly.
        It leaks to the press.
        The press investigates on its own.

        The only one that is probably the least partisan is #3. But even that requires skilled, experienced and well connected reporters that have years of contacts.

        I know, the press is an enemy of the people…unless it is ideologically friendly to the reader. But nothing is perfect and everything is political in a democratic republic. And so long as that is the case, leaks and contacts are all we have to challenge the party line.


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        1. The privacy of tax returns is guaranteed in the tax law. Anyone violating that privacy is encouraging dishonesty in filing on a mass scale.

          They should go to prison, regardless of party.


          1. I was talking about the release of the returns to Congress. If they become public record because of some leak, possibly by a GOP member who is too afraid of TFG to confront him head on, then it happens.

            You once again only put the negative onus on the Democrats, when in fact, both parties have been attributed for leaks.


    1. Thanks. I notice that 26 USC 6103 gives legal authority to Congress to review any tax return, as you say, but not without restrictions. In this case, then, the SCOTUS order must be read as permitting the review, but not the violation of any of those restrictions.

      This is a good example of why our government can only work if officials adhere to an honor code. Using 26 USC 6103 to obtain tax returns may be technically legal, but if the returns are subsequently mishandled then the burden would be on the taxpayer to seek redress. In other words, such mishandling would be dishonorable.


      1. Any leaking of Trump’s personal tax returns would be illegal. That has always been the case. However, Trump’s privacy does not extend to protection against criminal referrals. If there is evidence in the returns of tax fraud, the committee can refer them for prosecution where they might end up legally in the public’s view.

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      2. RE: “If there is evidence in the returns of tax fraud, the committee can refer them for prosecution where they might end up legally in the public’s view.”

        That would be a dishonorable use of Congressional powers, in my view. If Congress suspects tax fraud, it doesn’t need to review the returns itself.


        1. “That would be a dishonorable use of Congressional powers, in my view.”

          Are you sure? Would it be “dishonorable” for Congressional investigators looking into Hunter Biden (for some legislative purpose, ha!) to turn over evidence of a crime for prosecution?

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          1. RE: “So what is the ‘honorable’ legislative purpose of investigating the business affairs of a private citizen?”

            We can address that question when Congress actually launches such an investigation.


  2. Oh that is too funny! The Supreme Court “has become nothing more than a political body.” How could that have happened I wonder?

    And Karma says to Trump: “You ain’t seen nothin’ yet!”

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