Monday, April 15, 2019

Action: Trump’s Tax Returns Must Be Released To Congress

TRUMP’S TAX RETURNS MUST BE RELEASED TO CONGRESS

ACTION ONE: ATTEND SENATOR WYDEN’S TAX DAY PRESS CONFERENCE

IF YOU ARE IN THE PORTLAND METRO AREA, SHOW YOUR SUPPORT FOR THE IMMEDIATE RELEASE OF TRUMP’S TAX RETURNS. COME TO HIS PORTLAND OFFICE, AT 911 N.E. 11TH AVE., FROM 10:30-11:00 A.M. BRING YOURSELVES AND YOUR SIGNS! (DETAILS: TINYURL.COM/Y2J3P2FF)

ACTION TWO: CALL YOUR SENATORS

SAMPLE SCRIPT FOR WYDEN AND MERKLEY:

My name is [–] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon [zip code]. I am calling because…
FOR WYDEN: Please thank Senator Wyden for speaking out on Tax Day to demand release of Trump’s tax returns to Congress.
  • Congress and the American people have the right to know if and how foreign governments or business interests are affecting government policies.
  • It is improper for the IRS, Treasury, or Justice to question Congress’ motivations in seeking these returns.
  • Please ask him to use his influence to continue getting media coverage and to do all that he can to force compliance with this demand—whether through subpoenas or court action. Thank you.”
FOR MERKLEY: Today is Tax Day and your constituents are showing their support for the House’s demand for Trump’s tax returns. 
  • Congress and the American people have the right to know if and how foreign governments or business interests are affecting government policies.
  • It is improper for the IRS, Treasury, or Justice to question Congress’ motivations in seeking these returns.
  • Please ask him to use his influence to continue getting media coverage and to do all that he can to force compliance with this demand—whether through subpoenas or court action. Thank you.”

ACTION THREE: CALL YOUR HOUSE REPS

Not sure who your U.S. Representative is? Find out here. 

SAMPLE SCRIPTS FOR REPRESENTATIVES:

My name is [–] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon [zip code]. I am calling because…
Today is Tax Day and your constituents are showing their support for the House’s demand for Trump’s tax returns. 
  • Congress and the American people have the right to know if and how foreign governments or business interests are affecting government policies.
  • It is improper for the IRS, Treasury, or Justice to question Congress’ motivations in seeking these returns.
  • Please ask him/her to use his influence to continue getting media coverage and to do all that he can to force compliance with this demand—whether through subpoenas or court action. Thank you.”

BACKGROUND:

Today is Tax Day. What better time to demand release of Trump’s tax returns to Rep. Neal, House Ways and Means Committee Chair.
Trump is first presidential candidate in decades to refuse to release tax returns—and he continues resisting, despite public outcry.
Congress has longstanding authority to review Trump’s tax returns in executive session
  • 1924 anti-corruption law—aimed at blocking White House interference we’re seeing—requires Treasury to furnish them at request of lawmakers tasked with tax oversight
  • No request ever been refused
  • Failure to comply punished by removal from office and possibly 5-year prison sentence
Neal demanded the tax returns by April 10. He’s now outlined scope of investigation—possible illegal conduct before/during presidency; undisclosed conflicts of interest affecting policy decisions; possible emoluments clause violations; accuracy of financial reports to Office of Government Ethics—and informed IRS Commissioner that non-production by April 23 would be considered refusal.
Transparency and accountability cannot be partisan issues. Efforts to bury Trump’s financial history by him, Mulvaney, Mnuchin, and Rettig put democracy at risk.
Please attend Wyden’s Tax Day Press Conference and instruct MoCs to use all means available—including subpoenas and court—to ensure Trump’s tax returns immediately provided.

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