The Internal Revenue Service has already investigated President Donald Trump’s income tax returns and has found no fault with them, President Donald Trump’s attorney Rudy Giuliani said Wednesday.

“The IRS investigated his taxes,” Giuliani told Fox News’ “Fox & Friends.” “They exist to come after us if we don’t pay our taxes. We know they are damn good, and they are confidential and they don’t leak. If they haven’t gone after him on taxes, that six-year period, then there is nothing wrong with his taxes. They can’t investigate his taxes better than the IRS. They want his taxes to embarrass him.”

The IRS on Tuesday did not meet a deadline to turn over the documents, which could prompt House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal to issue a subpoena for them.

Trump has continued to insist he cannot surrender his returns, as they are under audit.

Giuliani also insisted the White House has “executive privilege” and “I wouldn’t give them a damn thing” in response to the growing calls for Trump staffers, past and present, to testify before Congress.

He also slammed Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings, D-Md., for not going after former Trump attorney Michael Cohen for committing perjury “at least seven times” while testifying earlier this year.

“If Cummings doesn’t go after him, then I would say he has proven he is an illegitimate chairman who is conducting a committee hearing for the Democratic National committee not for Congress,” he said. “This is not a congressional hearing. They are making a mockery of a correctional hearing.”

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Radio host Rush Limbaugh thinks former Vice President Joe Biden is the Democrats’ best hope for winning the 2020 election — but he said Biden has no chance of defeating President Donald Trump.

Limbaugh was on Fox News’ “The Story” and gave host Martha MacCallum his early thoughts on 2020.

“I remain stunned and amazed that the Democrat Party and the media still do not understand who Donald Trump is,” Limbaugh said. “They don’t understand how he won, they don’t understand how he is going to win again in 2020. They don’t understand the people who voted for him or why. They hold all of that in contempt.

“Here’s the thing: Joe Biden is probably the best chance they’ve got, and he doesn’t have a chance. Joe Biden? And crazy Bernie [Sanders]? And Mayor Pete [Buttigieg]? Three white guys, two of them are brontosauruses from Jurassic Park, and that isn’t going to sit well with the rest of this party, which has gone so far left.”

Limbaugh then wondered aloud how much Biden really wants to be president. The 76-year-old worked in Washington for more than 40 years as a senator and the vice president and has already run for president twice.

Biden is expected to announce his candidacy for president this week.

“I don’t know how badly he really wants this,” Limbaugh said. “And you have to really want this if you are going to have any chance of winning it.”

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The U.S. Internal Revenue Service on Tuesday failed to meet a congressional deadline for turning over President Donald Trump’s tax returns to lawmakers, setting the stage for a court battle between Congress and the administration.

The outcome, which was widely expected, could prompt House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal to subpoena Trump’s tax records as the opening salvo to a legal fight that may ultimately have to be settled by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Neal set a final 5 p.m. EDT deadline for the IRS and Treasury to provide six years of Trump’s individual and business tax records. But a Democratic committee aide said the deadline passed without the panel receiving the documents.

Earlier on Tuesday, the White House said Trump was unlikely to hand over his tax returns. “As I understand it, the president’s pretty clear: Once he’s out of audit, he’ll think about doing it, but he’s not inclined to do so at this time,” White House spokesman Hogan Gidley told Fox News in an interview.

“This is not up to the president. We did not ask him,” said a Democratic committee aide, who cited a law saying the Treasury secretary “shall furnish” taxpayer data upon request from an authorized lawmaker.

“In terms of the law, what he says is largely irrelevant,” said the aide, who was not authorized to speak publicly about the White House remarks.

Neal informed IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig in a letter earlier this month that failure to comply with the deadline would be viewed as a denial.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has said that he intends to “follow the law” while pledging to keep the IRS from being “weaponized” for political gain.

Legal experts said House Democrats could vote to hold Mnuchin or Rettig in contempt of Congress if they ignored a subpoena, as a pretext to suing in federal court to obtain Trump’s returns.

As Ways and Means chairman, Neal is the only lawmaker in the House of Representatives authorized to request taxpayer information under federal law. Democrats say they are confident of succeeding in any legal fight over Trump’s tax returns.

“The law is on our side. The law is clearer than crystal. They have no choice: they must abide by (it),” Representative Bill Pascrell, who has been leading the Democratic push for Trump’s tax records, said in a statement to Reuters.

Democrats want Trump’s returns as part of their investigations of possible conflicts of interest posed by his continued ownership of extensive business interests, even as he serves the public as president.

Republicans have condemned the request as a political “fishing expedition” by Democrats.

Despite the law’s clarity, Democrats have long acknowledged that the effort would likely result in a legal battle that could end up with the U.S. Supreme Court.

“If the IRS does not comply with the request, it is likely that Chairman Neal will subpoena the returns,” Representative Judy Chu, a Democratic member of the Ways and Means Committee, told Reuters.

“If they do not comply with that (subpoena), a legal battle will begin to defend the right of oversight in Congress,” she said.

Trump broke with a decades-old precedent by refusing to release his tax returns as a presidential candidate in 2016 or since being elected, saying he could not do so while his taxes were being audited.

But his former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, told a House panel in February that he does not believe Trump’s taxes are under audit. Cohen said the president feared that releasing his returns could lead to an audit and IRS tax penalties.

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South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg will be on a Fox News town hall event May 19 in New Hampshire, The Daily Beast reported Tuesday.

He will be the third Democratic presidential hopeful to participate in the Fox News-hosted forum. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., also announced she would would be on a May 8 Fox News town hall.

“We look forward to hosting Mayor Buttigieg in New Hampshire and again showcasing our first-in-class journalism and election coverage,” Jay Wallace, president and executive Editor of Fox News, said in a statement, The Daily Beast reported.

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Billionaire Democratic donor Tom Steyer is launching a new 30-second television ad urging that President Donald Trump be impeached, Politico is reporting.

The ad is costing Steyer’s Need to Impeach group $325,000. It will be shown nationally on MSNBC and CNN and on Fox News, CNN and MSNBC in the Washington, D.C. area, according to Politico.

In the ad, Steyer holds up the report by special counsel Robert Mueller and says:  “It’s all here: 10 detailed acts of obstruction of justice. Robert Mueller’s report lays out a road map for impeachment proceedings against this president, and challenges Congress to do its job. I’m Tom Steyer, and we can’t let this president destroy the public trust, break his oath of office and get away with it. Congress has to do its job and hold him accountable. Please call them at this number. Tell them to get going.” 

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi knows the ramification of impeaching President Donald Trump, as she knows that attempt will be seen by half of Americans as a “limp attempt at a soft coup,” talk show host Joe Concha said Tuesday.

“It’ll all be for show anyway,” Concha, a media reporter for The Hill, commented on Fox News’ “Fox and Friends.” “People want lawmakers, Democrats who took the house in November, to solve problems, not go down this road. There’s no appetite for it.”

Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren, by making a quick call for Trump’s impeachment, is throwing a “Hail Mary,” even though it’s early in the primary game,” Concha added.

“If you look at the polling, it’s a rudderless campaign,” said Concha. “She doesn’t seem to get any traction.”

Meanwhile, Pelosi was in Washington during the impeachment proceedings for then-President Bill Clinton, at a time when Republican cited obstruction of justice as one reason they wanted him removed from office.

“Everybody knew it was all for show because there was no way at that time lawmakers were able to get two-thirds of the Senate to remove that president,” said Concha.

The day after Clinton was impeached, his Gallup approval rating was at 73 percent, and when he left office, it was at 65%, because he was seen as a sympathetic figure, he added.

“It led to the launching of another political career in Hillary Clinton because she was seen as a sympathetic figure,” said Concha. “Nancy Pelosi has seen this.”

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The Democrats’ strategy for presidential primary debates is flawed, former White House press secretary Sean Spicer says.

Spicer made his remarks in a column published Tuesday in The Wall Street Journal.

“Recognizing the growing role of debates in shaping the race, the Republican National Committee in the 2016 election cycle asserted more control over their structure,” Spicer said.

“Now Democrats are trying to do the same, but they’re likely to fail where the GOP succeeded.

“The Democratic National Committee has proposed 12 debates, each taking place over two nights. The top 20 candidates can make the stage on one of the two nights by achieving at least 1% in three different approved polls or by receiving contributions from at least 65,000 individuals, including a minimum of 200 contributors in at least 20 states.”

But Spicer noted “the proliferation of candidates is the DNC’s first problem.” He pointed out the party is likely to have more than “20 candidates meet at least one of its criteria.”

However, he said the “biggest threat” to the Democrats’ plan will likely come from the fact that the party excluded Fox News from hosting a debate. Spicer said Fox recently broadcasted a highly rated town hall meeting with Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., who is running for the Democratic nomination.

And he said Fox News could host its own debates without adhering to the DNC rules.

“With 2.4 million prime-time viewers, it would be near impossible for many candidates to say no, especially those near the bottom looking to break out,” he said.

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President Donald Trump on Tuesday appeared to reverse course on Harley Davidson Inc., saying European tariffs facing the motorcycle manufacturer were “unfair” and vowing to reciprocate, after urging a boycott of the company last year amid a steel spat.

The Wisconsin-based company last year announced plans to move production of its motorcycles destined for the European Union to its overseas facilities from the United States to avoid EU tariffs imposed in response to Trump’s duties on steel and aluminum imports.

Trump retaliated by calling for higher taxes, threatening to lure foreign motorcycles to the United States, and backing a boycott of the iconic American motorcycle maker.

On Tuesday, Trump appeared more sympathetic, calling the EU tariffs “unfair” but giving no other details about any planned U.S. action in a tweet citing comments by a Fox Business Network host.

“So unfair to U.S. We will Reciprocate!” Trump wrote.

On Saturday, Trump is scheduled to travel to Wisconsin to hold a campaign rally as he seeks reelection in the 2020 presidential election.

Representatives for the White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment on any planned actions, as both the EU and the United States prepared to launch larger trade talks.

Representatives for Harley Davidson could not be immediately reached for comment on Trump’s tweet.

The company on Tuesday reported quarterly profit that surged past expectations and stuck to its full-year shipment forecasts amid concerns over falling U.S. sales and European import tariffs, sending its shares up 3 percent.

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The logo of U.S. motorcycle company Harley-Davidson is seen on one of their models at a shop in Paris
FILE PHOTO: The logo of U.S. motorcycle company Harley-Davidson is seen on one of their models at a shop in Paris, France, August 16, 2018. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer

April 23, 2019

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday said European Union tariffs facing motorcycle manufacturer Harley Davidson Inc were “unfair” and vowed to reciprocate, but gave no other details.

“So unfair to U.S. We will Reciprocate!” Trump tweeted, citing comments by a Fox Business Network host.

(Reporting by Susan Heavey and Makini Brice)

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White House deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley on Monday criticized Democrats for being “upset” special counsel Robert Mueller did not return evidence President Donald Trump colluded with Russia to undermine the 2016 presidential election.

“They should be celebrating the fact that the president was being truthful,” Gidley told Fox News’ “Fox & Friends.” “He was being honest and knew that there was nothing there. No evidence, to corroboration, no collusion. Instead, they are upset about it.”

He singled out Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., complaining the lawmaker has said he agrees he does not think impeachment is the right choice for now, but he had been telling the United States he had “stone cold evidence” against the president.

“No one is asking Adam Schiff, ‘hey, do you retract this? Do you have the evidence?'” Gidley said. “Everyone still takes him seriously. I don’t even know how that’s possible.”

Meanwhile, the mood in the White House is “very good,” Gidley said, but there remains “some righteous indignation and anger why did this all start in the first place? It completely wasted the American’s people’s time and money.”

He also rejected Democrats’ argument Trump is putting the Republican Party before the country.

“The president loves this country,” Gidley said. “He didn’t have to run for president. He was a successful businessman. He has seen how this country has been hurt last eight years economically and ISIS taking over so much of the world. He has come in and changed all of that systematically in two years.”

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