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Ways and Means Democrats Ignore Potentially Criminal Leak of President's Taxes in Largely Partisan Hearing on "Taxpayer Fairness"

Statement

Date: Oct. 14, 2020
Location: Washington, DC
Issues: Taxes

Yesterday, the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Oversight held a hearing focusing on President Trump's tax filings. In yet another display of blatant partisanship, Democrats on the subcommittee spent their time on wild speculation and baseless accusations while ignoring the fact that the returns were unethically, and likely illegally, leaked to the New York Times. Subcommittee ranking member Representative Mike Kelly (R-Pa.) issued this statement on the hearing:

"Since the day President Trump was elected, Democrats have sought to weaponize the tax code to use his private tax information against him. The hearing yesterday was just more of the same. The New York Times article alleges no illegal conduct and there is no legitimate purpose for discussing the president's tax returns publicly. This line of attack exposed the partisan hearing for what it was: political theater leading up to a presidential election. The unethical, perhaps illegal, leaking of any American's tax returns is a stunning breach of public trust. That doesn't change because it happened to a sitting president. If it can happen to the president, it can happen to any American."


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