Special Counsel Robert Mueller can seize Donald Trump’s tax returns – and it’s possible he already has

It could be argued that Donald Trump’s decision to fire FBI Director James Comey backfired the minute Special Counsel Robert Mueller was appointed to take over the investigation in his place. But now comes confirmation that Trump’s worst nightmare is on the table. Mueller does indeed have the power to seize Trump’s tax returns – and for all we know he may have already done it.

Various prosecutors and legal experts are in unanimous agreement that Robert Mueller can get his hands on Donald Trump’s tax returns if he thinks they’re relevant to the Trump-Russia investigation, according to Politico (link). But here’s the kicker: not only can Mueller legally do it, he can do it without even notifying anyone on Trump’s side.

We’ve seen all along that Donald Trump is so concerned about keeping his tax returns a secret that he was willing to risk losing the election just to avoid releasing them. What’s he hiding? Is he not really a billionaire, as many have theorized based on his massive debt load? Do his returns include Russian financial dealings that would harm him politically if they became public? Die he lie on his returns to cover up illegal behavior, and he’s afraid additional scrutiny will expose it?

Only Donald Trump knows that answer. But what he doesn’t know is if or when Robert Mueller might decide to pull his tax returns, or if Mueller may have done so already. That leaves Trump paralyzed, unable to fire Mueller even if he wanted to be that brazen, for fear that someone in Mueller’s office might leak his tax returns in response. At this point the only way Trump can assure that his tax returns remain secret is if he resigns and cuts a deal to prevent the investigation from digging even deeper. Follow Palmer Report on Facebook and Twitter.


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7 Comments

  1. Claudia on May 31, 2017 at 11:04 pm

    Oh please let it be so!
    No deal , make every tiny thing stick. He gave no one a deal so he doesn’t get in.
    Expose him and I pray arrest awaits for each and everyone of these crooked people.
    No more cavfefe!!!

    • BARBARA GRAY on June 1, 2017 at 6:29 pm

      I agree absolutely, 100%

  2. TAllen on June 1, 2017 at 8:17 am

    I suspect his tax returns are filled with the same lies as the rest of his life. Consider he probably files the minimum info, and then delays and delays while the IRS asks him for additional info. He’s probably years behind on filing Finalized and Completed returns, so there will be minimum info on the forms, and what info there is might be lies.

    • Julia Gerson on June 2, 2017 at 8:19 am

      I wonder, what are the consequences of lying on your tax return? (Think Al Capone!)

  3. Mark on June 1, 2017 at 9:04 am

    “At this point the only way Trump can assure that his tax returns remain secret is if he resigns and cuts a deal to prevent the investigation from digging even deeper.”

    We could only be so lucky. So far tho, Teflon Don has escaped all scrutiny. There’s no reason to suspect he’s still not eluding justice.

  4. mary milburn on June 1, 2017 at 7:06 pm

    YAY !!!!

  5. Mateo S on June 2, 2017 at 6:03 am

    Not a billionaire? Yes. There’s a whole book proving that he was worth < $500M in 2005. Then he put about that much into Trump Tower Chicago, which opened right as the housing crisis hit. It's not even clear how his net worth is positive…unless.

    Got $$$$$ from Russia-linked sources? Sure. Even his Russian puppet lawyers wouldn't deny that without a long list of caveats.

    Lied on his tax returns? LOL. How could a guy who thinks his net worth depends on his mood possibly NOT take liberties with the accounting? If he didn't lie on his returns, it was a mistake. At some point, he will presumably resort to claiming that he did lie. It's illegal, but minor compared to the truth. Of course, his plea deal will not allow the word "lie" to appear in any press releases.

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