After months of fighting in Congress and court, House Democrats are admitting defeat.
House Democrats are conceding that they will likely not get President Donald Trump’s tax returns before the 2020 presidential election.
Democrats have been trying desperately to get their hands on the last several years of Trump’s tax returns — not because they would be able to understand what they are reading, but because they want political ammunition and anything they can use to defeat POTUS in the election.
But it looks like Democrats are in for a long battle that will extend well after the 2020 election.
Now, a federal judge in Washington, D.C., has rejected House Democrats’ effort to speed up their lawsuit over their request for Trump‘s federal tax returns.
“It may be appropriate to expedite this matter at some point, but not now,” Judge Trevor McFadden, a Trump appointee, said in a seven-page memorandum.
“To be sure, this is no ordinary case, but the weighty constitutional issues and political ramifications it presents militate in favor of caution and deliberation, not haste,” McFadden said in his order. “And the Committee has not shown otherwise.”
The Trump administration opposed the committee’s motion to expedite, and urged McFadden to have its forthcoming motion to dismiss the case considered before any summary judgment motion by the committee. The administration’s motion to dismiss is expected to raise questions about whether the court has the authority to resolve the dispute.
McFadden gave several reasons for denying the committee’s motion to expedite, as well as denying the motion for summary judgment as premature but allowing it to refile at a later time.
The committee argued that time is of the essence in its lawsuit because the current Congress ends in January 2021. The administration said the committee’s concern about speed rings hollow because the panel took time before requesting Trump’s tax returns and before suing.
McFadden said that “the Court does not fault the Committee for its time and efforts negotiating with the Administration before suing, but it is not clear why only now the Committee asks for expedited consideration of this matter.”
“The Committee has not justified its request to bypass the motion to dismiss stage and skip ahead to summary judgment,” McFadden wrote. “Indeed, by the time summary judgment is appropriate, this case might look very different. There may be new caselaw, new facts, and new parties.”
Last month, Democrats tried going through the state of New York to obtain Trump’s state tax returns.
But that effort failed after the president filed a lawsuit against New York’s Attorney General and the House Ways and Means Committee to block the disclosure of his tax returns.
They also claim that state law violated the president’s First Amendment rights, because it was enacted to “discriminate and retaliate against President Trump for his speech and politics.”
There is currently no law requiring U.S. presidents or presidential candidates to release their tax returns, but Democrats apparently don’t care about the rule of law.
This is the latest example of how extreme liberals are hellbent to trigger a real constitutional crisis in what will be a high stakes show down with the administration.
Now that their Russian collusion conspiracy theories blew up in their face, Democrats are now trying to use “Trump’s taxes” and “Trump’s racist” as their new strategy to win the 2020 election.
Just like in 2016, most see that it won’t work.