A number of Republican senators who blithely supported former Attorney General Bill Barr using his post to act as former President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer are suddenly expressing serious concern that Merrick Garland promise to be apolitical in the same role.
“My sole criterion for voting for your confirmation is your pledge to make sure that politics does not affect your job as attorney general,” Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) said Monday at Garland’s Senate Judiciary hearing.
Cornyn, who voted to confirm Barr, later was a point Republican scrambling to smooth over strained relations between Trump and Barr last winter, loathe to let a reliable ally be fired going into the election.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) took the argument a step further, blaming the “Obama-Biden Justice Department” for being “politicized and weaponized” in an unprecedented way.
So I am not the only one who noticed that!Of course.
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Because the tax department *only* gets the tax returns. They only compare it to the federal returns via data sharing, and I assume his accountants made sure the two returns were consistent. What the Manhattan DA is now doing is comparing the tax returns to the bank applications, property tax valuations, and internal Trump Org data. Note that this subpoena didn't just get his returns. It got *all* the related paperwork from his accountants. Basically emptied out the file cabinets.If Vance's staff find significant wrongdoing in Trump's tax returns, there will emerge an important question: why didn't the NY State tax office and IRS object to his tax returns, fine him for unpaid back taxes or something like?
"This is harassment! Haven't you got any real criminals to catch?" is not the sort of line an innocent man would take.In the meantime, murders and violent crime are up in New York City by record numbers, and nothing is done about it. Our elected officials don’t care. All they focus on is the persecution of President Donald J. Trump.