‘So Venezuela’: MSNBC Anchor Rips Dem Rep’s Claim That Mnuchin May Be Jailed for Not Releasing Trump Taxes

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California Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) was torched by MSNBC host Chris Matthews after she claimed that Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin could be jailed for not handing over President Donald Trump’s tax returns to the House Ways and Means Committee.

While appearing on MSNBC’s “Hardball” on Tuesday, Matthews pressed Speier, who sits on the House Intelligence Committee, on how Democrats would make the constitutional “remedies” allowing the House to arrest Mnuchin for not complying with the Ways and Means Committee’s request for the president’s taxes “work.”

Speier responded by saying that the policies were “there for a reason” and that Congress “had that authority” to do so if they chose to.

She then said that they could bring Mnuchin onto the House floor for trial or to “fine” him. She added that while she did not know if the House would put the treasury secretary “behind bars,” there were other “places in the Capitol someone could be held.”

“They’re there for a reason. Now, they haven’t been used since the 1930s, but we do have that authority…. I think we can call him to the House floor where he can be tried, he can be fined.

I don’t know if we would put him behind bars but there are places in the Capitol where someone could be held.”

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“This is so clear in the Constitution,” Speier began to add before being cut off by Matthews sweeping the metaphorical leg by comparing her statement to something that would happen under Venezuelan dictator Nicolás Maduro.

“This is so Venezuela, congresswoman,” blasted Matthews as Speier objected. “This seems like something down there.”

Matthews went on to ask Speier if there was a “real possibility, plausibly” that Congress would arrest Mnuchin, to which the California Democrat said she “think[s] it could happen.”

Speier’s comments came a day after her Democratic colleague in the House, New Jersey Rep. Bill Pascrell’s (D-N.J.), threatened to “fine or jail” Mnuchin if he does not comply with the House Ways and Means Committee’s request for the president’s tax returns on Monday.

As IJR News reported, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Rep. Richard Neal (D-Mass.) issued a subpoena for the president’s tax returns on Friday, setting the deadline to turn them over for Friday, May 17 at 5 P.M.

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I had to go read 7214…. and basically it’s says the opposite of what this guy says. If Mnuchin colludes with Congress to help them defraud the United States, then he can be fined or imprisoned. Nowhere does it say that if he fails to hand over the President’s tax forms to Congress that he could go to jail. Why are they allowed to continually lie to us but we can’t lie to them?

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The misguided lunatic in question in this article is Jackie Speier (D-Calif.). Note the photo at the headline, it is of a woman not a “guy”.

Diana Hess
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They don’t know what the law is! They think they do! I say that is what they get for thinking. So stupid, I can’t even hear them talking. They have NO COMMON SENCE. We need all democrats voted out and get someone who understand politics.

TOM
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We need to vote for people who will uphold the Constitution and the rule of law.

Friend
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Aren’t there laws in our Country protecting our Privacy? So why aren’t these Congresspeople being reminded that they are committing Conspiracy to break those laws? where exactly in the Constitution is Congress given the power to do this to Citizens?

Christopher Aimutis
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I’m SO TIRED OF The DUMOCRATS talking about putting Their CounterParts, the Other Side of the aisle in JAIL, WHEN Their OWN COMMITTED TREASON & CAUSED THE DEATH OF AMERICAN SOLDIERS, + A CONSULATE AsWell! KILLARY SHOULD’VE BEEN JAILED, NOTHING HAPPEN2HER & SHE WAS DISHING OUT CLASSIFIED TOP-SECRET INFORMATION WHILE Their worried about POTUS TAXES PRIOR to His Presendancy

James
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The insanity of the entire Dimwit/Socialist/Communist Party is becoming more evident every time one of them opens their pie hole. Americans MUST vote for the (R) candidates in 2020 and beyond to save us from becoming an outpost of Venezuela. Trump MAGA; now vote for him again to Keep America Great.

Paul Swansen
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So did Chris get called on the carpet to account for his response for daring to question a Democrat member of Congress? Maybe he just got a letter of reprimand put in his personnel file.

Mary Ridosh-Spalding
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President Trumps tax returns are so complex that to really read and understand them, you would have to have an ounce of intelligence, something of which, every democrat over the last 2 + years has proven to be without, I don’t think they could even grasp the concept of a “Dick & Jane” book, so forget complex material such as Trump’s tax returns, I am, HOWEVER , VERY interested in Pelosi, Schuner, Waters and ALL the rest of them, their financial records!!

Cherl
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So Speier sits on the House Intelligence Committee. Is that an oxymoron?

TOM
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Yes it is, I was thinking that also.

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