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Happy Tax Day, IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig! How's it feel to stick your dick in the toaster? Seems like that's gotta burn!

Last week Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin stuck his gob in the middle of the House Ways and Means Committee's demand that Rettig follow the plain meaning of the law and hand over our "billionaire" president's tax returns. In a transparent ploy to stall for time, Munch sent Chairman Richard Neal a letter Thursday insisting that the great minds at Treasury are doing very serious legal research into the meaning of the word "shall" and thus need more time to respond to the Committee's request. To which Neal responded on Saturday with another letter to Rettig saying, I WASN'T ASKING:

I am aware that concerns have been raised regarding my request and the authority of the Committee. Those concerns lack merit. Moreover, judicial precedent commands that none of the concerns raised can legitimately be used to deny the Committee's request.

And also, Hey, Dickhead! You're the one who's going to wind up in contempt of Congress here, not your Botoxed boss:


To date, the IRS has failed to provide the requested return and return information despite an unambiguous legal obligation to do so under section 6103(f). I expect a reply from the IRS by 5:00 p.m. on April 23, 2019. Please know that, if you fail to comply, your failure will be interpreted as a denial of my request.

So don't even think about hiding behind Mnuchin's skirts, Chuck.

We would almost feel sorry for Rettig if he hadn't lobbied to get himself this job, despite knowing full well that Democrats would immediately demand the returns as soon as they took back the House, and it would be his ass on the line if the president decided to obstruct Congress. You pay your money, you take your chances.

As per usual, the White House's crack comms team has crafted a well thought out response, which is to shout UR TO DUM, HAW HAW.

Leave aside for the moment that there are at least a dozen lawyers on the House Ways and Means Committee, and that Democratic Rep. Tom Suozzi is a CPA. Let's not talk about the fact that the Committee has dedicated staffers with tax expertise, whose actual job is to understand complex financial documents. We don't even need to mention that the statute clearly says that the IRS has to hand them over, even if the White House thinks everyone on the Committee is a drooling idiot.

Because we are not here for a lecture on WHO IS SMART from Sarah Huckabee Sanders, proud owner of a BA in communications from Ouachita Baptist University, the seventh best college in Arkansas. Which she was admitted to as a legacy. Who is qualified to read complicated documents? Dunno, but it sure as hell isn't someone whose father was the sitting governor, and the best school he could shoehorn her into was a preachin' 'n' prayin' college with a 71 percent acceptance rate. And yes, there are fine educations to be had at a whole range of colleges and universities across this country. But in this case, there's no evidence that any such book learnin' took place. So maybe Sister Sarah, the country's third most famous nepotism hire, should sit this round out!

In sum, Chuck Rettig should GIVE IT! And Little Miss Ad Hominem should GIVE IT A REST!

[Neal Letter Rettig]

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