Breaking: House Republicans Vow To Expose “Felony Crime” Behind Trump Tax Return Leak

(Tea Party 247) – This week, the mainstream media and the Democrats (but I repeat myself) found themselves in a tizzy over a story that, according to leaked Trump tax returns, the President had paid a mere $750 in federal income taxes between 2016 and 2017.

Obviously, it was a fake news feeding frenzy as leftists declared that this, finally, at long last, was the silver bullet to take down Trump they’d been waiting for.

And, as usual, the real crime lies with those who delivered this story, not the subject of it.

Top House Republicans are vowing to get to the bottom of the “felony crime” behind leaking the president’s tax information to the outlet that published the pre-debate story, the New York Times.

“While many critics question the article’s accuracy, equally troubling is the prospect that a felony crime was committed by releasing the private tax return information of an individual—in this case the President’s,” Rep. Kevin Brady (R-Texas), the ranking member of the House Ways and Means Committee, said in a statement Monday.

“To ensure every American is protected against the illegal release of their tax returns for political reasons, I am calling for an investigation of the source and to prosecute if the law was broken.”

On Sunday, the New York Times reported that Trump paid the $750 in 2016 and during his first year in office. The outlet claimed that, according to the information they received, Trump paid no federal income taxes in 11 of the 18 years it examined, saying that he suffered overall financial losses.

Opponents of the president have long sought the tax information, which is private. However, the NYT sought to reassure readers of the legality of the possession of these documents by stating that the source had legal access to the documents and denied a request from a lawyer representing the Trump Organization for access so as to protect the identity of their sources.

Trump, for his part, is denying the claims made in the report.

“It’s fake news. It’s totally fake news,” Trump told members of the media during a White House press briefing.

“Made up. Fake,” he added.

He explained that he is unable to release his financial records as he is under audit by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

“It’s under audit. They’ve been under audit for a long time,” he said. “The IRS does not treat me well.”

“When they’re not [under audit], I would be proud to show [them],” he said.

However, he said, he’s paid his fair share.

“First of all, I paid a lot,” he said. “I paid a lot of state income taxes too. New York State charges a lot.”

“It’ll all be revealed,” he continued. “I look forward to releasing many things. I’m going to release many things and people will be really shocked.”

“The IRS does not treat me well. They treat me like the Tea Party,” he said. This was a reference to the shameful targeting of Tea Party groups under the Obama administration.

Alan Garten, lawyer for the Trump organization, echoed the president’s response in a statement to the Times, saying that “most, if not all, of the facts appear to be inaccurate.”

“Over the past decade, President Trump has paid tens of millions of dollars in personal taxes to the federal government, including paying millions in personal taxes since announcing his candidacy in 2015,” he explained.

Rep. Mike Kelly (R-Pa.), who is also a member of the House Ways and Means Committee, also called out the report on Monday in a statement on Twitter.

“The unethical, perhaps illegal, leaking of any American’s tax returns is a stunning breach of public trust. That doesn’t change because it happened to @realDonaldTrump. The joint political hit piece between the New York Times and Democrats just weeks before an election shows no wrong doing by @POTUS but leaves Americans wondering if their own private tax information can be weaponized against them for political gain,” he said.

“There must be an investigation into who turned over confidential tax records to the press to determine if the law was broken.”

Just because the Times’ source had access to the tax documents does not make it legal to have leaked them.

This is absolutely criminal and should be investigated immediately! Do you agree?