Remember when Trump refused to release his tax returns?

The Supreme Court’s ruling on Trump’s tax records has become more urgent than ever (Opinion)

The White House insists that President Donald Trump has never heard a briefing on intelligence reports-begging for a question, and if so, why. However, on Tuesday night, The New York Times reports In fact, President Trump received a briefing on the Russian offer in February-three months before he unilaterally invited Russia participates in the G7 meeting.
At least, this is commensurate with the lengthy argument that Trump and his team avoided long-term confrontation with Vladimir Putin.
It also provides an up-to-date, most urgent example of why so many decisions depend on the Supreme Court’s decision on whether Trump’s tax and business records can be transferred to the House of Representatives and the New York District Attorney. A ruling is expected this week.

This is perhaps the most closely followed ruling by the Supreme Court this session, which has had a major impact on the separation of powers and the ability of American voters to make fully informed rulings in the November presidential election.

Trump certainly has decades of precedent in refusing to issue his tax returns, often forging excuses for why he can’t (among them, he has to accept the longest tax audit history in record). The fact is that he did everything in his power to avoid showing his financial situation to the American people. The Attorney General Bill Barr’s Justice Department now behaves like the President’s personal lawyer.
As CNN legal analyst Elie Honig pointed out: “A total of six different federal courts-three district courts and three appeal court panels-have tried these cases, and all six have ruled against Trump. “In addition, the court case caused by the corruption of the Warren G. Harding government-known as the teapot dome scandal-seems to Apply directly. Follow up Law of 1924 Pointing out that the Treasury Secretary “should” provide such tax information as requested by the Congressional Committee, and Trump’s Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin refused to do so on the grounds that there was no “legal legislative purpose.”

However, finding out whether Trump has hidden a clear public and legislative interest in business dealings with the Russians may explain his strangeness and his unwillingness to engage Vladimir Putin on the clear question of US national interest ( Fladimir Putin).

Before Trump’s political career, his son Eric repeatedly bragged about being able to bypass Bank of America -Many companies refuse to do business with the Trump Organization-because the company can get all the funds it needs from Russia. In 2008, his son Xiao Tang (Don Jr.) told Real Estate Conference “Russians account for a disproportionate share of many of our assets… We see a large influx of funds from Russia.” According to Reuters, there are 63 Russians $100 million In Trump Tower.
Russia to Money laundering The Trump Organization has operated these two destinations in the past, namely luxury real estate and casinos.
The stakes in Trump's tax refund case cannot be higher
This is far from academic attention. CNN has obtained the strange weakness of President Trump for Russia no less than 25 times-from denying Moscow to interfere in the US election to benefit it, to suggesting that it can retain the conquered Ukrainian Crimean province , Undermine the sanctions of the Obama era, and then withdraw. American troops from Syria have criticized NATO in order to praise the pro-Russian leaders in Europe.
In addition, we have seen executive officials told not to bring charges of Russia and election interference with the president. Someone told Kirstjen Neilsen, the former head of the Department of Homeland Security, not to mention Russians’ current concerns about the president’s interference in the 2020 election, because he would react badly. of Former Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney Tell another senior government official, “This is not a very good subject and should be kept below his level.”
It is true that when the news of the Russian bounty broke out, the White House ignored this essence and refused to retaliate against Russia. On the contrary, as Marshall Cohen of CNN pointed out in a fact check analysis of the White House press secretary’s comments: “Throughout the press conference, Kayleigh spent More time to criticize American journalists than to condemn Russia’s aggressive measures against US interests, including bounty in Afghanistan, election interference in 2016, and military operations in Syria and Ukraine.”

Susan Hennessey, a national security analyst at CNN, said of the government’s retreat: “It smells like WH trying to mislead the public.” “Different intelligence agencies are usually based on basic intelligence To give different levels of trust; this is different from having differences on whether something happens.”

warder caveat Even if these two cases are lost in the court decision, there is no guarantee that the public will quickly check President Trump’s business records or taxes. For example, New York District Attorney Cy Vance has issued a summons for Trump’s tax payments in the context of a grand jury investigation, and the court will keep the information closely in check. But accountability will bring greater transparency than ever, which even confuses some Trump allies on an urgent issue: despite continued provocations, why does Trump still praise Putin?

The American people should know the truth about Trump and Russia. In order to find the truth, we need to follow the money. The Supreme Court may soon decide whether the truth or partisan politics will win before the American people vote in November this year.

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