White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney just made his move to checkmate Nancy Pelosi and end the unprecedented presidential harassment of Donald Trump.
The Democrats have come up empty with multiple attempts to overturn the last election and now seem ready to go over the cliff with new ones that will anger the American people.
Look, we don’t use government institutions to attack our political opponents and if we start, we may never be able to turn back the clock.
From Fox News: Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney told “Fox News Sunday” in an exclusive interview that Democrats will “never” see President Trump’s tax returns, days after a House Democrat committee chairman made the unprecedented demand that the IRS provide the documents.
Mulvaney’s comments marked an apparent escalation in the White House’s rhetoric on the issue. On Wednesday, Trump responded with a dismissive taunt to Democrats’ renewed push for his tax information, but suggested he might be willing to provide the information pending the conclusion of an audit.
“Oh no, never — nor should they,” Mulvaney told Bill Hemmer, who is filling in for host Chris Wallace, when asked if Democrats will ever see the president’s tax returns. “That’s an issue that was already litigated during the election. Voters knew the president could have given his tax returns. They knew that he didn’t and they elected him anyway.”
Mulvaney added that Democrats “know” they won’t get the returns, and “just want attention on the issue because they don’t want to talk to us about policy.” A “fundamental” purpose of tax law, Mulvaney continued, is to protect the privacy of tax filers.
“If they don’t get what they want in the Mueller report, they’re going to ask for the taxes,” Mulvaney said. “If they don’t get what they want in the taxes, they’re going to ask for something else. It doesn’t surprise anybody.”
“They know one of the fundamental principles of the IRS is to protect the confidentiality of you and me and everybody else who files taxes. They know that,” Mulvaney said. “They know the terms under law by which the IRS can give them the documents, but political hit job is not one of those reasons.”
Separately, Mulvaney charged that Democrats suffer from “Trump Derangement Syndrome” and were “blindsided” by Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s findings that the Trump team had not colluded illegally with Russia.
Mulvaney also sounded a critical note on the 2020 Democrat presidential field, telling Hemmer “it’s fun watching them implode,” and that the party’s leading candidates seem to want to “Make America Apologize Again” on an array of issues.
Author: Gary Fenster