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By Watchman
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I may be missing something here (alright don't all shout at once), but this business with Trump having to release his tax returns, surely if he's received funny money the last thing he's going to do is run it through anything that involves scrutiny
 
By Malcolm Armsteen
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Much more likely the case, plus it will expose some rather questionable tax-avoiding dodges.
I very much doubt he's ever been paid a penny by the Russians, that will have been donations to organisations, Facebook ad campaigns and so on.
 
By MisterMuncher
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A previous release of figures from the nineties (I think. The casino days) revealed huge losses that were subsequently used to wipe out his income taxes for some years after (as I understand it, but I freely admit sketchy understanding of the US tax system). There was something of a whiff of money laundering about it too, nothing proven or positive but along the lines that of that wasn't going on, someone sure made it look that way.

I can only assume his multiple failures since have been similarly exploited. Once looks like bad luck. After that, well...
 
By Tubby Isaacs
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Watchman wrote:
Fri Jul 10, 2020 7:18 am
I may be missing something here (alright don't all shout at once), but this business with Trump having to release his tax returns, surely if he's received funny money the last thing he's going to do is run it through anything that involves scrutiny
It's best to think of it in terms of 2 separate rows about his tax returns.

There's a political row, because it's conventional for candidates for President to release their tax returns. These then get scrutinized for legal but politically embarrassing stuff. Trump didn't release any tax returns in 2016, despite promising to. Plus of course they want to see the ones since 2016 to see how he's made money off the presidency. And of course many people think Trump has massively exaggerated his wealth- we'd learn a lot more about that from tax returns, and indeed about who Trump owes money to. But we the public will almost certainly not see the returns.

There's also a legal row. A criminal court in New York is investigating him.I think the judgement means that the court will see what it needs.
 
By Scarlet emperor
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He's pardoned Roger Stone. The idiots that have supported Trump no matter what to preserve their own power have now officially created a tinpot dictatorship. He is absolutely empowered to do whatever he likes with no consequences.
And I still think he'll win in November.
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