IRS Commissioner’s Conflict Of Interest Re Trump’s Tax Returns

In yet another bombshell revelation from ethics watchdog Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington(CREW), we now find out that President Trump’s handpicked IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig, who’s rebuffing Congressional demands for Trump’s tax returns, owns real estate at a Trump-branded property in Hawaii that has reportedly netted him more than $1 million in rental income since 2006.

According to CREW, Rettig acquired two one-bedroom condos at Trump International Waikiki in 2006 and has earned roughly $1 million income from the properties in rent and royalties. You’ll remember President Trump made a promotional stop at his Waikiki property in 2017. Commissioner Rettig apparently did not disclose this glaring conflict of interest at his confirmation hearing before Congress.

Needless to say, this is a glaring conflict of interest that casts in totally different/negative light Rettig’s refusal to release Trump’s tax returns. A credible argument can be made in light of this bombshell revelation, that in hiding Trump’s tax returns, Commissioner Rettig is by extension also hiding his own financial dealings from the public. Commissioner Rettig’s personal conflict of interest regarding Trump’s tax returns can only be cured if (1) he releases the tax returns so the public can see exactly what he owns at Trump International Waikiki or (2)he steps down as IRS Commissioner.

Bottom line folks, as Yours Truly has repeatedly stated before, the brazen corruption of the Trump administration is not normal and the only way we can prevent him and his cronies from normalizing it is if we scream about it. Where, as here, it has been shown that the IRS Commissioner is earning rental income from real estate at a Trump branded property, then his motives for refusing to release Trump’s tax returns must be reexamined due to the glaring conflict of interest. Reasonable people will agree that this conflict of interest is so grave that it can only be cured by the IRS Commissioner releasing Trump’s tax returns or alternatively, relinquishing his post.

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Trump Has More Than 2,300 Conflicts Of Interest

CREW‘s Executive Director Noah Bookbinder yesterday appeared on CNN’s Outfront with Erin Burnett and made the bombshell revelation that according to their study, President Trump has more than 2,300 conflicts of interest. Importantly, Bookbinder said that the 2,300 number only accounts for the conflicts they [CREW] know about adding that the actual figure is higher because there are undoubtedly other conflicts of interest CREW is yet to uncover.

This level of corruption is absolutely shocking even by Trump administration standards. Five, maybe ten conflicts of interest for a public official would constitute alarming levels of corruption. Where, as here, we are talking about 2,000 plus cases, reasonable people will agree that we are in a whole new and very troubling territory. The entire Outfront segment is available here but the relevant clip is below.

Specifically, Bookbinder told CNN’s Erin Burnett, “We recently did a study where we found that in the past two and a half years there have been 2,300, more than 2,300 instances of conflicts of interest between the President’s business, his Presidency and those who are trying to influence it and it is literally multiple times a day that either members of Congress, members of the executive branch, political allies of the President, industries that are trying to influence him are bringing business to his properties. Those are only the ones that we know about because they have been publicly reported. There are undoubtedly more–foreign governments, domestic governments, and the list goes on..”

If you told a Republican in 2015 that in 2019 we would have a Republican President openly engaging in these shocking levels of corruption they would absolutely call you crazy. If you added that the Republican President would not only engage in these shocking levels of corruption but that fiscal conservatives would openly partake in and defend the said corruption, then you would be risking your life because the said 2015 Republican would probably exercise his 2nd amendment rights on you. Sadly, given CREW Executive Director Bookbinder’s revelation, this unthinkable scenario of extreme public corruption is exactly where we find ourselves today. We must not allow this to go on unchallenged.

Bottom line folks, as Yours Truly has repeatedly stated before, the brazen corruption of the Trump administration is not normal and the only way we can prevent him and his cronies from normalizing it is if we scream about it. No reasonable person can with a straight face, defend a sitting President of the United States having more than 2,300 conflicts of interest as a result of businesses he was advised to fully divest from and decided not to. This is the quintessential in-your-face corruption that Americans have a moral obligation to push back against.

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Air Force Implicated In Trump’s Emoluments Clause Violations

A bombshell piece by Politico’s Natasha Bertrand says U.S. Air Force Crews have been making unusual stops at Trump’s Turnberry Resort in Scotland. This of course means someone higher up in the U.S. Air Force is steering taxpayer dollars towards Trump’s Scottish property, and according to Natasha Bertrand, violating the domestic emoluments clause. This report comes on the heels of a similar explosive revelation that Vice President Mike Pence on a recent official visit to Ireland, went out of his way(3 hours away) to stay at Trump’s Irish resort–essentially steering taxpayer funds towards Trump’s Irish property

MSNBC’s AM Joy show dug deeper into this explosive Air Force story with the author of the bombshell Politico piece, the aforementioned Natasha Bertrand (one of Yours Truly’s MSM faves)

Natasha Bertrand said on AM Joy show, “This could also be a violation of the domestic emoluments clause because the President, other than his own salary, is not supposed to get any kind of money from the federal government. So the fact that the U.S. military seems to be spending money at Trump’s resort seems to be in direct violation of that..”

Here’s what you must not miss from Bertrand’s bombshell Politico piece–Trump’s corruption in a nutshell. It all boils down to this folks–before Trump became President, his Turnberry Resort in Scotland was seriously struggling financially. There is a small airport 30 miles from the resort that is key to the resort’s economic survival. By having Air Force crews stopping at this airport, Trump is not only propping up the airport by the infusion of U.S. tax dollars, but because the Air Force crews end up spending the night at his resort, the resort also benefits from U.S. tax dollars. Essentially, the U.S. military is being used to profit Trump and his family–a clear cut domestic emoluments clause violation

Several other interesting tidbits came up from the AM Joy segment namely;

That there could be national security implications because according to Natasha Bertrand, “just because the U.S. military is doing this doesn’t mean others [foreign governments] aren’t taking cues from that.”

That the Pentagon is stonewalling efforts by Congress to get to the bottom of who authorized these unusual stops at Trump Turnberry Scotland.

Bottom line folks, whoever in the U.S. Air Force authorized these unusual stops at Trump Turnberry has to go. The U.S. military is way too important and greatly revered by Americans of all political stripes. Consequently, the military cannot engage in or be perceived to be engaging in such corrupt conduct. Simply put, the U.S. military has been a very honorable institution way before Trump became President and must be allowed to remain the same even after his exit, whether that be in 2020 or 2024.

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