House Democrat Echoes Extreme Call to Jail or Fine Mnuchin, IRS Commissioner Over Trump Tax Returns

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Another House Democrat has come out in support of fining or jailing Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin and IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig for refusing to hand President Donald Trump’s tax returns over to Congress.

While giving a Tuesday interview on MSNBC, Texas Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-Texas) — who sits on the House Ways and Means Committee — called on Congress “to use every tool it has available” to obtain the president’s tax returns, which he claims Trump is afraid of releasing to the public.

“I believe that there is no legal advice that will stop the lawlessness and lies of this administration,” said the Texas Democrat. “That is why Congress needs to act firmly now to use every tool it has available to get this information that Trump so fears that the public will see.”

Doggett went on to say that he believed that fining or arresting administration officials under the extreme congressional power of “inherent contempt” would be necessary for obtaining the documents, claiming that the Trump administration was operating under “gang rule.”

“To take action, I believe it’s going to require fines or confinement under our power of inherent contempt to get the information we need and to get all these other people that, under what seems to be gang rule, are told don’t say anything and don’t provide anything.”

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The Democrat congressman was then pressed on who he thought would need to be arrested or fined, to which responded by pointing to Mnuchin and Rettig.

“The subpoena is directed to the IRS commissioner, but Secretary Mnuchin has never let him answer the questions. He responds with all the answers,” Doggett answered before stating that he believed “both of them could be subject to fines or confinement.”

“It’s probably a matter of selecting one of them and moving forward to show how this power of inherent contempt could work,” the Texas congressman added.

Doggett is not the first Democrat to make the extreme call for the arrest of Mnuchin.

As IJR Red previously reported, California Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) also suggested jailing or fining the treasury secretary while appearing on MSNBC’s “Hardball.”

Host Chris Matthews then torched Speier for the statement, lambasting the idea as being “so Venezuela.”

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WellHungChad
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I predict the Supremes (Supreme Court) are gonna be busy for the next couple of years! They’ll be knocking down these ridiculous congressional allegations one by one!!

James
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I seriously doubt Trump is afraid to release his tax returns to the pack of numb skulls in Congress. Just because other Presidents have released their returns is no reason why Trump should release his. There is NO Law requiring him to do so. This is only political theater by the Leftists because they have no idea what they are supposed to be doing for those who elected them to their cushy, overpaid, three day a week vacation in D.C..

TOM
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Seems that the demoncraps are the ones who are trying to use “gang rule”. Demonstrate that a crime has been committed, that Mr. Donald Trump is the suspect having committed that crime, and that the evidence of that crime is contained in Mr. Donald Trump’s and his businesses’s tax returns. Then you have a legitimate reason for subpoenaing the tax returns. A fishing expedition to harass a duly elected President of the United States is not a reason to subpoena anything. And just as with your charges against AG Barr for following the law there are likely to be laws… Read more »

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