Sarah N. Lynch
WASHINGTON (Reuters)-Former President Donald Trump suffered a double setback on Friday when the Justice Department cleared the way for the release of his tax records and disclosed a memo showing that he had urged senior officials to make false claims last year His election failure was “corrupt”.
The department changed Trump’s stance when he took office, telling the IRS to provide congressional investigators with the tax records of the Republican businessman who turned into a politician—a move he has long opposed.
Unlike other recent presidents, Trump refuses to publish his tax returns and other documents because he intends to keep details of the wealth and activities of his family company, the Trump Organization, confidential. The Democrat-led House Ways and Means Committee said it hopes that the tax data is partly to examine whether Trump has improperly used U.S. tax laws.
A handwritten note recorded by the Acting Deputy Attorney General Richard Donoghue in December and issued by the House Oversight and Reform Committee on Friday paints a damn picture of Trump as he desperately seeks Let the Justice Department take unprecedented intervention measures to try to subvert his position. Lost to President Joe Biden in the 2020 general election.
The fact that the department gave congressional investigators access to these notes marked a dramatic shift from the Trump administration’s repeated claims of executive privileges to avoiding congressional scrutiny.
“Just say that the election is corrupt, and I and the Republican congressman will leave the rest,” Trump told Jeffrey Rosen in a phone call on December 27 a few days before Rosen was appointed acting attorney general. , Referring to Republicans.
The notes show that Rosen told Trump that the department cannot and will not “change the results of the election.”
Trump representatives did not respond to requests for comment.
The Department of Justice ordered the Internal Revenue Service to provide Trump’s tax returns to the House of Representatives panel, stating that the panel had cited “good reasons” to make the request.
The Department’s Office of Legal Counsel concluded that it made a mistake in 2019 when it discovered that the committee’s request for Trump’s taxation was based on a “hypocritical” goal aimed at exposing it to the public. After the then Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin ignored Trump’s tax subpoenas, the committee engaged the Treasury Department in a two-year legal battle.
After another legal battle, the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office respectively obtained https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-court-trump-taxes/new-york-prosecutors-digging-into-trumps in February -tax- Financial-records-idUSKBN2AP2MS Trump’s tax and financial records in a criminal investigation centered on his company, but the material has not been publicly disclosed.
During Trump’s presidency, the Justice Department was accused by the Democrats of succumbing to his personal and political goals. Its recent actions illustrate different approaches under Biden’s leadership.
Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi welcomed the department’s actions, saying that obtaining these documents represents a “national security issue”.
Richard Painter, a professor of law at the University of Minnesota who served as an ethics adviser to former President George W. Bush, said the department “no longer simply kowtows to Donald Trump.”
“Every other president has disclosed their tax returns and finds out conflicts of interest that the president or former president may have made decisions that must now be reviewed-this is very important,” Painter added.
For Trump, this has been a difficult week. On Tuesday, four police officers testified to the House panel https://www.reuters.com/world/us/police-who-defended-us-capitol-testify-riot-probes-first-hearing-2021-07-27 Of the supporters of the violent actions during the congressional riots on January 6.
On the same night, the Ministry of Justice revealed that https://www.reuters.com/world/us/us-justice-dept-wont-defend-republican-lawmaker-capitol-riot-lawsuit-2021-07-28 The lawsuit defended the Republican congressmen alongside Trump, accusing them of helping instigate riots, and a U.S. congressional candidate he supported in Texas lost https://www.reuters.com/world /us/trump-backed-candidate-ballot-us-house-runoff-texas-2021-07-27 Her second round of elections. Trump is also angry at the bipartisan agreement reached by the Senate on Biden’s large-scale infrastructure bill https://www.reuters.com/world/us/us-senate-vote-open-debate-1-trillion- infrastructure-bill-2021- 07-30, a feat that Trump failed to achieve.
The Justice Department cited “convincing legislative benefits” this week because it authorized six former Trump administration officials to be interviewed by the House Oversight Panel. These include Rosen, Donohue, former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, and former Assistant Attorney General Jeffrey Clark.
Clark is at the core of the investigation by the Office of the Inspector General of the Justice Department https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-justice/watchdog-to-probe-if-justice-dept-officials-improperly-tried-to- alter-2020-election-idUSKBN29U21E After news broke that he had conspired with Trump to try to overthrow Rosen, he was able to investigate the so-called voter fraud in Georgia. Clark did not respond to a request for comment.
The notes show that during the call with Rosen on December 27, Trump threatened to hold Clark responsible. Throughout the call, Trump has been promoting his false election claims. “You may not follow the Internet as much as I do,” Trump said.
Rosen and Donohue repeatedly tried to tell Trump that his information was incorrect.
“We are doing our job,” Note said. “Most of the information you get is fake.”