What could President Donald Trump’s tax returns tell us? What’s he hiding? He already admitted that he doesn’t pay federal income taxes, and hasn’t for 20 years. He was elected anyway, so it’s not that.

Could it be that he’s not nearly as rich as he’d have everyone believe? His sense of self-worth revolves around his wealth, so this is a plausible possibility. It’s not really important because it speaks mostly to his vanity, but it would embarrass him far more greatly than anything else – his pathological lying, his hair, his sense of fashion, his bigotry, his ignorance, his vulgarity, his incompetence. It would be in his character to desperately try to hide it.

But what if the returns reveal how much money he and his businesses owe to foreign interests? Now that goes a bit beyond President Trump’s pride and into the realm of national security. ‘Seems to me something the American people should know about their president.

After all, the President’s National Security Advisor was just asked to resign, and did, following revelations that he improperly had communication with Russian officials, and then lied about it. And now we know that his campaign team was in nearly constant communication with the Russians all of last year.

In fact, President Trump’s steadfast refusal to say anything that could even possibly be construed as negative about Russia or Russian President Vladimir Putin is a pretty damning indication that something shady is going on.

In the face of the threat that a foreign power is shaking down the President of the United States, any member of the U.S. Congress who puts country ahead of party would be shaking every branch to get information to see what comes falling down. Not U.S. Reps. Jim Renacci and Pat Tiberi, though. They want no part of it. They’d rather do their best Sgt. Schultz: “I know nothing, I see nothing, I hear nothing!”

The House Ways and Means Committee yesterday voted 23-15 – with all of the committee’s Republicans, including Rep. Jim Renacci and Rep. Pat Tiberi, voting no – to stop a Democratic amendment that would have allowed the committee to examine President Donald Trump’s tax returns and investigate his financial connections with foreign countries.

Gentlemen, you should be as ashamed of yourselves as I am to share this Buckeye state with you.

Following is their contact info. (By the way, Congressman Tiberi has made it unnecessarily difficult to find his contact information. I think that means he really wants to hear from his constituents!)

U.S. Rep. Pat Tiberi

Washington, DC
U.S. House of Representatives
106 Cannon House Office Building
WashingtonDC 20515
Phone: (888) 995-2067
Fax: (202) 226-4523

Columbus, OH
3000 Corporate Exchange Dr.
Suite 310
ColumbusOH 43231
Phone: (614) 523-2555
Fax: (614) 818-0887

Worthington, OH
250 East Wilson Bridge Road
Suite 100
WorthingtonOH 43085
Phone: (614) 523-2555
Fax: (614) 818-0887

U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci

Washington DC Office
328 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-3876
Fax: (202) 225-3059

Wadsworth District Office
1 Park Center Drive, Suite 302
Wadsworth, Ohio 44281
Phone: (330) 334-0040
Fax: (330) 334-0061

Parma District Office
7335 Ridge Road, Suite 2
Parma, OH 44129
Phone: (440) 882-6779
Fax: (440) 882-6560

D.C. DeWitt is a writer and man of sport and leisure. He has also written for Government Executive online, the National Journal’s Hotline, and The New York Observer’s Politicker.com. He is the Associate Editor of The Athens NEWS in Athens, Ohio. DeWitt can be found on Facebook and Twitter @DC_DeWitt.

 

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