TRUMP: Impeachment ‘Crime of the Century’

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Thursday came out swinging against the “witch hunt” being carried out against him and said that if a Democrat were in the White House, those waging the political war against him would already be in prison for “treason.”

“A lot of very good people were taken down by a small group of Dirty (Filthy) Cops, politicians, government officials, and an investigation that was illegally started & that SPIED on my campaign. The Witch Hunt is sputtering badly, but still going on (Ukraine Hoax!),” the president wrote on Twitter.

“If this had happened to a Presidential candidate, or President, who was a Democrat, everybody involved would long ago be in jail for treason (and more), and it would be considered the CRIME OF THE CENTURY, far bigger and more sinister than Watergate!” he added in a second tweet.

The president’s claim that the investigation of his 2016 campaign was “illegally started” has been a center point of his defense since Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz released his report on the subject in 2019.

Trump officials claim corrupt individuals within the DOJ and the FBI were responsible for the convictions of his associates Paul Manafort, Rick Gates, Michael Flynn, George Papadopoulos, Michael Cohen and, more recently, Roger Stone – who were sentenced to jail time as a result of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russian interference probe.

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THE WITCH HUNT CONTINUES: Dems vamp up new efforts to obtain Trump tax records

NEW YORK — New York Democrats, undeterred in their efforts to bring down President Trump in the wake of the failed Mueller investigation, have turned their attention once again toward the president’s tax records.

A new bill proposed by Dems would allow the New York Department of Taxation and Finance to release any state tax return that’s been requested by the heads of three committees, the Senate Finance Committee; the House Ways and Means Committee; and the Joint Committee on Taxation, for a “specific and legitimate legislative purpose.”

The president’s tax records have always been a subject of interest for anti-Trump Democrats, anxious for dirt on the president.

Manhattan State Senator Brad Hoylman, who sponsored the bill, says the effort, if passed, would act as “a safety valve for any attempt by the White House to block the Congress from doing this at the federal level.”

“The state return, presumably, has to match the federal return,” said Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.R., chairman of the House Judiciary Committee. “It just makes the work of the federal committee, that has a legitimate reason to look into this, a little easier to see the complete picture.”

But Republicans have been quick to hit back at the efforts as just another stage in the ongoing “witch hunt” against the president.

“This is a bill of attainder, aimed at one person,” said Ed Cox, who chairs the New York State Republican Party, calling the move just another example of the left’s “outrageous politics.”

Trump’s personal lawyer, William S. Consovoy, on Friday defended Trump’s right as a citizen to keep his tax returns private and urged the Treasury Department not to hand the records over to House Democrats.

This is a “gross abuse of power,” Consovoy said. “Even if Ways and Means had a legitimate committee purpose for requesting the president’s tax returns and return information, that purpose is not driving Chairman Neal’s request”

“His request is a transparent effort by one political party to harass an official from the other party because they dislike his politics and speech,” Consovoy added.

Asked about the issue on Friday, Trump said he had bigger issues to contend with, like securing the nation’s borders.

Asked on Friday if he was confident he would succeed, Mr. Trump offered an ambiguous prediction.

“Oh, I don’t know,” he said of Hoylman’s efforts. “That’s up to whoever handles it. I don’t know. Hey, I’m under audit. But that’s up to whoever it is. From what I understand, the law is 100 percent on my side.”

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