The Jan 6 Committee Oversteps on Trump Tax Returns

Sometimes, I think the Democratic party has its collective heads up its collective asses.

This is one of those occasions.

The case in point is the ridiculousness of the House Select Committee’s attempt to obtain Donald Trump’s tax returns.

The Select Committee is charged with investigating the January 6 invasion of the Capitol to determine who was responsible for instigating that insurrection.  The Committee has no authority to investigate Trump’s finances.  There is already an ongoing investigation into Trump’s financial crimes being conducted in New York State. There was no reason for the January 6 Committee to waste its time going over the same allegations.

More importantly, Trump’s tax returns cannot possibly provide any evidence with respect to his role in agitating the January 6th riot. (While a tabulation of Trump’s personal expenditures might be interesting, tax returns do not include an accounts payable ledger.)

Trump’s actual tax returns are moot, anyway, because we already know from other sources what Trump’s tax returns would reveal: that he was never worth anywhere near the amount he claimed to be worth, that he doesn’t pay his fair share of taxes, that he is deeply indebted to foreign nationals, and that he isn’t a charitable person. None of this is news to us.

By attempting to subpoena Trump’s tax returns, the January 6 Committee gave Trump an automatic win since there were no appreciable grounds for the January 6 Committee to need those returns…and that automatic win makes it sound like the January 6 C0mmittee is engaging in a witch hunt.

The House of Representatives is not a court of law but, in attempting to secure Trump’s tax returns, the Select Committee was guilty of prosecutorial overreach. In this case, Thomas and Roberts were right: there is no reason that the Select Committee should be able to review Trump’s tax returns.

Time is running out for the January 6 Committee because, on January 6, when the Republicans take over the House, many of the key players on the Committee will no longer be members of Congress, and the new House will almost certainly disband the Committee.

American democracy -such as it ever was – is on trial here. The jury – the American people – have not yet rendered a verdict but, when it comes, I fear it will be fatal to democracy here, and around the world.