‘We don’t have a requirement that presidents’ release tax returns: Jay Sekulow
‘We don’t have a requirement that presidents’ release tax returns: Jay Sekulow ‘We don’t have a requirement that presidents’ release tax returns: Jay SekulowGoing to bring it now, Jay Sekulow the president’s attorney. You just heard the conversation right there, a JC. The lot is pretty clear: do that if you have a legitimate legislative purpose and with due respect to the congressman, he said, there’s been a lack of transparency. He thinks the President should have put forward his tax return before he, but unfortunately it’s not the law for the United States. We don’t have a requirement that President I decided not to because he has an ongoing IRS audits. So that’s number one: what is the legitimate legislative purpose recorded said? Congressional oversight cannot become law enforcement that the real reason that the Congress and the terminal is asked for these documents is because they want to know if the IRS is doing its job and the president, while they could ask the IRS what job are they doing? What are their audit procedures, but this idea that you can use the IRS as a political weapon What’s Happening Here is incorrect, both as a matter of statutory law and constitutional e. We should not be in a situation where individuals, individual private tax returns, are used for political purposes, another party from doing the same thing and by the way I know he has the majority party in the house, ask for a Nancy Pelosi. Tax returns and it’s in the letter that my colleague sent forward on this issue. They have not asked for they’ve not produced their tax return. So this idea that you’re using a hearing means hearing about IRS enforcement as a way to get to the president. Private, individual and business tax returns makes no sense. Both constitutional and statutory lien decision of the IRS commissioner, is the president going to order the IRS commissioner. Not to turn them over ordering anything. What we’ve done is an an. I disagree with the congressman here, George. As the president’s Council. We have the right to protect his interest as a private citizen and as president, and so what you have to look at here is the car was very happy with the way George Stephanopoulos interviews with various members of my party, I’m going to look at his tax Return, author have the right to reject and that’s exactly what has been done here. The Constitution and the statutes need to be filed is a confidentiality provision with limited exceptions and again there has to be a legitimate. What does releasing it for the chairman to review on what I do want to turn on? They can’t release it. 103 was a person release. Is it if they cry I’m at? Let’S move on to the Mueller investigation over the last few days and his comments and those of your colleague, Rudy Giuliani, that there seems to be some concern that the full report may be more damaging than the bar some yeah. I do share that because there’s two conclusions that are important here to reiterate and that is in in general bars letter. He said I’m only going to discuss the principal conclusion and what principle conclusion no no collusion, not saying that he was special counsel exonerate. So I don’t even know why, if this is true that there were actually members of that team leaking their concerns about the way things have been phrase to the public, I think is problematic number one but number to what they probably had legitimate disagreements inside the Department. They’Re not making that conclusion, and they said difficult difficult questions is the release of the full report and the underlying documents over to the attorney general, the Attorney General pursuant to the regulations, George makes the determination as to what, for least how it, for least you have The whole issue earlier with the grand jury material you have that that has to be redacted. You can’t release grand jury material. That is also a felony. You have situations where people may be looked at, but not charged. That would be inappropriate with some of the criticism that was leveled at James Comey. You got methods all regarding National Security interest, so I’m there’s a process going forward. I think it’s moving quickly. I mean the Attorney General got out his letter very quickly. He said you’ll have it by the 15th. That’S why I find it ironic that people are talking about the penis already off for the document when we’re probably less than a week away or about a week away from getting them from some of the documents. Copying that letter to the Congress they they planted evidence, they believe so shows evidence that he preferred of wrongdoing by the president and his allies. One of them included this paragraph Henry 31st, 2016. Testimony cone received a call from Trump’s attorney who congratulated on the testimony and said his client was happy with Cohen’s tessema. They put this under the heading of suborning perjury. That was part of an effort to support and perjury, where you that attorney and how do you respond Communications that may or may not have happened with any of us within the context of a Joint Defense. But let me be clear on something here: Lanny Davis said that it was Michael Cohen that drafted that particular aspect of this entire testimony, including the timing of the purported project in Russia. What was his words he would know if they were truthful or not. No one else would have had that information, but you’re, not you’re, not denying that you might have been that attorney to make the phone call and discuss up and discuss within the context of a possible Joint Defense. That’S not going to happen! No lawyer would do that. This Morning, News YouTube channel if you’d like to get more video, show, highlights and watch live event coverage click on the right over here to subscribe to our Channel and don’t forget to download the ABC. Is that for breaking news alerts thanks for watching On “This Week,” George Stephanopoulos interviews Trump legal team member Jay Sekulow about the Democrats’ push for the president’s tax returns and the full Mueller report.