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Democrats will ‘Never’ Obtain Trump’s Tax Returns: Mulvaney

The President has said previously that he would release his taxes but for an audit he has claimed to be under for years

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"Donald Trump in a tweet last month accused Facebook, Google and Twitter of being 'on the side of the Radical Left Democrats'," the report added. VOA

Congressional Democrats will “never” obtain US President Donald Trump’s tax returns, acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney said on Sunday.

“Nor should they (obtain the documents)” Mulvaney told “Fox News Sunday.” “Keep in mind, that’s an issue that was already litigated during the election. Voters knew the President could have given over his tax returns, they knew that he didn’t and they elected him anyway. Which, of course, is what drives the Democrats crazy.”

Mulvaney’s comments come several days after House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal, a Democrat from Massachusetts, formally requested six years of Trump’s personal tax returns from the Internal Revenue Service, CNN reported.

In a letter sent on Wednesday to the IRS, Neal cites a little known IRS code in his request for six years of Trump’s personal tax returns from 2013 to 2018. He also requested the tax returns of eight of Trump’s business entities, a nod to escalating pressure from liberals in the caucus who have argued that Trump’s personal returns wouldn’t sufficiently paint a picture of the President’s financial history.

“The Democrats are demanding that the IRS turn over the documents and that is not going to happen and they know it,” Mulvaney told Hemmer, adding that the request “is a political stunt.”

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U.S. President Donald Trump speaks while meeting with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, April 2, 2019. VOA

Trump’s outside counsel, William Consovoy of the law firm Consovoy McCarthy Park PLLC, argued in a statement Friday that the requests for Trump’s tax information “are not consistent with governing law, do not advance any proper legislative purpose, and threaten to interfere with the ordinary conduct of audits.”

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff cast doubt Sunday on the ability of Trump’s legal team to withhold his taxes, saying, “there is no legal ground for them here.”

“The statute says the IRS shall provide these returns to the Congress upon request. When the Republicans asked similarly for returns when they were running that committee, including the returns of the Obama for America organization, (the chairman) gave no explanation for why he sought those returns or how many returns he was seeking or what organisations,” he told CNN on “State of the Union.”

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“He just asked, and the IRS says you can have them because we shall provide them. And I think that’s how it’s going to end up here, too.”

The President has said previously that he would release his taxes but for an audit he has claimed to be under for years. (IANS)

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We Got Trump Elected, Shouldn’t Stop Him in 2020; Says Facebook Executive

Instead, the Russians worked to exploit existing divisions in the American public for example by hosting Black Lives Matter and Blue Lives Matter protest events in the same city on the same day

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FILE - President Donald Trump departs after speaking with reporters on the South Lawn of the White House July 17, 2019, in Washington. VOA

Facebook Vice President Andrew ‘Boz’ Bosworth has claimed that it was the social networking giant that got Donald Trump elected as the US President in 2016 because “he ran the single best digital ad campaign I’ve ever seen from any advertiser”.

In a memo obtained by The New York Times, the key Facebook executive in the same vein suggested that the platform with over 2.45 billion monthly active users should not use its enormous reach to block Trump’s reelection in 2020.

Was Facebook responsible for Donald Trump getting elected?

“I think the answer is yes, but not for the reasons anyone thinks. He didn’t get elected because of Russia or misinformation or Cambridge Analytica. He got elected because he ran the single best digital ad campaign I’ve ever seen from any advertiser. Period”, said Bosworth who runs Facebook’s hardware group.

“Trump just did unbelievable work,” Bosworth wrote.

“They weren’t running misinformation or hoaxes. They weren’t micro-targeting or saying different things to different people. They just used the tools we had to show the right creative to each persona.

He continued: “I find myself desperately wanting to pull any lever at my disposal to avoid the same result. So what stays my hand? I find myself thinking of the Lord of the Rings at this moment”.

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Official portrait of President Donald J. Trump. Wikimedia Commons

“Specifically when Frodo offers the ring to Galadrial (Galadriel) and she imagines using the power righteously, at first, but knows it will eventually corrupt her,” he wrote.

“As tempting as it is to use the tools available to us to change the outcome, I am confident we must never do that or we will become that which we fear.”

“To be clear, I’m no fan of Trump. I donated the max to Hillary,” he tried to clarify his stand.

Bosworth said that it is worth reminding everyone that Russian interference was real but it was mostly not done through advertising.

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“$100,000 in ads on Facebook can be a powerful tool but it can’t buy you an American election, especially when the candidates themselves are putting up several orders of magnitude more money on the same platform (not to mention other platforms),” he wrote.

Instead, the Russians worked to exploit existing divisions in the American public for example by hosting Black Lives Matter and Blue Lives Matter protest events in the same city on the same day.

“Misinformation was also real and related but not the same as Russian interference,” Bosworth mentioned, admitting that Cambridge Analytica was one of the more acute cases where the details were almost all wrong. (IANS)