Mnuchin Faces Prison Time For Not Releasing Trump’s Tax Returns

An interesting editorial by a Pulitzer winning journalist David Cay Johnston says there’s a U.S. law currently on the books that exposes Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin , the IRS Commissioner and others to as many as 5 years in prison for failing to release Trump’s tax returns to the various congressional committees requesting them.

The editorial cites 26 U.S. Code § 7214 titled “Offenses by officers and employees of the United States”. Section 7214(a), of this statute says “Any officer or employee of the United States acting in connection with any revenue law of the United States… who with intent to defeat the application of any provision of this title fails to perform any of the duties of his office or employment… shall be dismissed from office or discharged from employment and, upon conviction thereof, shall be fined not more than $10,000, or imprisoned not more than 5 years or both.” –see 7214(a)(3)

An even more interesting revelation is that Treasury Secretary Mnuchin and others could still be in legal jeopardy even if they finally decide to furnish Trump’s tax returns to the various congressional committees. This is because a subsection of the same law–7214(a)(4)–makes it criminal for tax officials to conspire or collude to hide tax returns from Congress. Mnuchin is on record as saying his office has been in contact with the White House over Trump’s tax returns. If it can be shown that Mnuchin, the IRS Commissioner or their subordinates conspired with White House officials (including President Trump) to hide the tax returns from Congress, they are in violation of the clear text of 7214 (a)(4).

Bottom line , this is a very important revelation that deserves a lot of mainstream media attention. House Democrats also need to pursue this new avenue brought to light by this Pulitzer winning journalist. Simply put, no stone should be left unturned in the quest for Trump’s tax returns.

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28 Replies to “Mnuchin Faces Prison Time For Not Releasing Trump’s Tax Returns”

  1. I’ve suspended all donations to the DNCC and Dem 2020 candidates until @TeamPelosi launches and impeachment inquiry and prosecutes those who defy subpoenas. At that point, I’ll double my giving. Join me! Maybe the candidates can provoke justice. #DemDollarsImpeach

    1. This should be shared far and wide!

      The House should round up these traitors, in the middle of the night, lock them up for contempt of congress, and go right down the chain of command in each agency, until they get the documents that they have subpoenaed!

      Th same thing goes for anyone who has has been subpoenaed to testify, and not appeared!

  2. Finally there is colluding and conspiracy he (Trump) knew what he was doing! They need to get the impeachment started! By the time its done he wont be in office, and if so he will get kicked out!! Or jailed!!

  3. 1. Trump will pardon Mnuchin
    2. Trump minion Barr will refuse to prosecute
    3. failing either of those they will ensure he gets before a fully unqualified Trump appointed judge only too willing to dismiss any charges.

  4. You have a bunch of popups on your site that don’t stay there long enough to even read them, much less act on them. There was one about signing a petition pertaining to Moscow Mitch’s military service for example, that I was still reading and looking for a way to sign the petition when POOF it went away!

    Please try to avoid popups entirely, they’re obnoxious. But at least leave them up long enough to read, if you feel you must annoy people with them!

    1. Really? You’re lucky. It took me five minutes to get rid of the fucking annoying mother fuckers. Enough to make you turn Republican.

  5. It’s frankly absurd and reprehensible that the president of the United States shouldn’t provide his entire financial / tax profile to every American citizen, it just speaks to the deep levels of corruption that exist in our government. This president now if by far the most corrupt in our history.

  6. Trump’s supporters don’t give a Flying f what he does… Republican congressmen don’t either….what’s to stop the electoral c from being bought again… we’re doomed …

  7. trump supporters don’t care what he does …why should congressmen be any different…they are all making money under the table… electoral c will be bought….doomed..!

  8. Why does congress continually highlight these breaches of the law but don’t take any action. At the end of the day it’s just words in a lawless corrupt country which has lost its way. It used to be respected the world over but with Moscow Mitch, Graham, Jordan , Cruz etc doing their own corrupt criminal things, there is no hope for democracy anymore in America and you might as well burn the constitution.

  9. This should be shared far and wide!

    The House should round up these traitors, in the middle of the night, lock them up for contempt of congress, and go right down the chain of command in each agency, until they get the documents that they have subpoenaed!

    Th same thing goes for anyone who has has been subpoenaed to testify, and not appeared!

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