Two hot trends for the 2016–17 political season are a new interest in “obscure” rules and regulations (such as Rule 19) and social media meltdowns from sitcom child stars of the 20th century turned liberal activists.
One story Tuesday checked both boxes: After a straight party-line vote, the House Ways and Means Committee decided it would not request President Trump’s tax returns from the Treasury, and that news sent Alyssa Milano screaming.
THIS IS ME SCREAMING!!! https://t.co/xhnFdIEE0u
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) February 15, 2017
By a vote of 23-15, Republicans just voted to not request President Trump's tax returns from the Treasury Department.
— Ways and Means Dems (@WaysMeansCmte) February 14, 2017
According to the AP, the obscure law allows the committee to obtain confidential tax records and then vote to make them public. Democrats argued that obtaining the tax returns amounted to a national security issue, as they could contain clues to alleged collusion between Trump and the Russians.
House Republicans block attempt by Democrats to use an obscure law to obtain President Trump's tax returns. https://t.co/25ZjNGsbkm
— The Associated Press (@AP) February 14, 2017
“Trump has said he has no investments in Russia, and Democrats acknowledged that have no evidence otherwise,” the AP reported, adding that the lack of evidence is what so bothered Rep. Joseph Crowley (R-N.Y.).
Hopefully Harry Reid is relaxing somewhere and won’t feel compelled to share any anecdotes from his imaginary friends who’ve seen the returns and the damning information they have him convinced is contained within.
— Rep. Barbara Lee (@RepBarbaraLee) February 14, 2017
@AP What's the big secret? Just release them already. Like every other President.
— dennis laska (@dennislaska) February 14, 2017
— jennyfromca (@onekewljen) February 14, 2017
@ap i want to tell them "better safe than sorry" over and over. They are hiding something
— l. blitzer-wright (@lulublitzer) February 14, 2017
— Connie ryba💙 (@Ladyblueclr) February 14, 2017
@AP WHY? The Teapublicans use an obscure law to shut down the reading of Mrs.King's letter and then this! They are responsible for this mess
— Doren Maner (@DodieManer) February 14, 2017
@AP They're using a lot of obscure laws lately. Isn't transparency important to them and their constituents also?
— Janet Mills (@jansgotswag) February 14, 2017
@AP Tax lawyers,anyone else on the net,here's a challenge,this is BS, a lot is being hidden about Trump. They can't block us.
— Barbara McCullough (@bizzylady2) February 14, 2017
— Busyboysandbeads (@BusyBoysnBeads) February 14, 2017
But no one mention Hillary’s private server and tens of thousands of deleted emails, OK?
@AP Republicans complicit in treason
— michael brace (@wazoocat) February 14, 2017
@DKThomp The GOP was Hacked as well during election, now being blackmailed. Today's Vote by Ways and Means Committee on Trump's Taxes proof
— K. C. Peterson (@icewolf610) February 15, 2017