Remember a few years back when Obama’s IRS abused its authority by unfairly auditing conservatives in an attempt to silence their opposition to the president’s reelection?
Pretty heinous, right?
Well, it seems a liberal columnist from the New York Times is also a pretty big fan of uncontrolled government oppression, because he’s calling for the IRS to go ahead and leak President Trump’s tax returns. Except doing so is a felony.
Gee, what an upstanding citizen.
The Daily Caller is reporting, A New York Times columnist is encouraging IRS employees to commit a felony by leaking Donald Trump’s tax returns to his newspaper.
“If you’re in IRS and have a certain president’s tax return that you’d like to leak, my address is: NYT, 620 Eighth Ave, NY NY 10018,” Nicholas Kristof wrote on Twitter on Sunday.
Kristof, a liberal who writes about global affairs, was responding to a tweet from Vox.com editor Matt Yglesias who marveled that the IRS rarely leaks tax information.
One reason for that is because doing so constitutes a felony. The unauthorized release of an individuals’ tax returns is punishable by a fine of $5,000 and up to five years in prison. Leakers would also likely face a series of professional sanctions.
Trump has refused to release his taxes, claiming they are under audit. The Republican flirted with the idea of releasing the documents during the presidential campaign but never followed through.
It seems common practice and belief among the left that if they’re denied whatever their hearts’ desire, the government should just give it to them anyway, even if it means violating the rights of others or breaking well-established American law.
But let’s ask a more fundamental question: where in the Constitution does it require the release of tax returns in order to serve as president?
[Note: This article was written by Michael Cantrell]