The Democrats are heavy favorites to take back control of Congress during the midterms. One of their main promises if they take control is to subpoena Donald Trump’s tax returns.
Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich thinks that The Supreme Court would block the request. He made the comments after being asked by The Washington Post’s Karen Tumulty if the Kavanaugh fight was worthwhile.
Gingrich said that if the Democrats requested the returns, the Republicans “would be trapped into appealing to the Supreme Court, and we’ll see if the Kavanaugh fight was worth it.”
If Dems take control of the House and subpoena Trump's tax returns, Gingrich told @ktumulty that the legal fight would go to the Supreme Court "AND WE WILL SEE WHETHER OR NOT THE KAVANAUGH FIGHT WAS WORTH IT." Audible gasps in audience as he spoke: https://t.co/LkE6CbkUA1
— Mary Jordan (@marycjordan) October 25, 2018
Gingrich’s comments make it seem that Republicans would be counting on Kavanaugh to pay them back for supporting his controversial nomination. The polarizing nomination process galvanized some of the Republican base but is also expected to hurt the party in heavily suburban districts.
According to Gingrich, Trump is someone who is very comfortable in a courtroom. He told Tumulty, “This is a billionaire who has fought lawsuits his entire career and he’s never noticed them. That’s why he has lawyers. So they can come at him from 100 levels – he’ll just hire 100 lawyers. I don’t think he has any fear of the Democrats.”
Trump’s tax returns are again in the spotlight after the New York Times bombshell report on his tax history. The story claimed that Trump has engaged in fraud and deceit in order to pay at a lower tax rate.
The Times claims that Trump, “Formulated a strategy to undervalue his parent’s real estate holdings by hundreds of millions of dollars on tax returns, sharply reducing the tax bill when those properties were transferred to him and his siblings.”
While the accused actions occurred beyond the statute of limitations, Democrats would certainly like to get a look at the records. The aim to block these records could be the first real test of Kavanaugh’s loyalty to Trump.
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