Trump rails against ‘deranged tax return witch-hunt’ in three-minute video rant

Former President Donald Trump has criticized the “scandalous abuse of power” by the “Radical Democratic Congress” which he says “illegally obtained and disclosed” his personal tax returns.

The House Ways & Means Committee obtained Mr Trump’s tax returns after a lengthy court case and voted this week to release them.

They are expected to be released next week.

In a three-minute video posted to Truth Social on Friday, the former president claimed the “seizure of these records was completely unconstitutional” and argued that there was “no legitimate legislative purpose for their action.”

“This is yet another deranged political witch hunt that has been going on since the day I walked off the escalator at Trump Tower,” he said.

He argued that tax returns simultaneously contain relatively little information and are also very complex.

Mr Trump went on to say that the precedent set by the action must now be applied to President Joe Biden by the new Republican House which takes office on January 3, 2023.

Watch: Why Trump’s tax returns are released

The former president wants the GOP to obtain the financial records of Mr. Biden and “his entire criminal enterprise.”

“Biden is a corrupt politician who has spent years selling America to the world, including communist China, just take a look at his accounts, take a look at all his houses and take a look. look at what his son Hunter has contributed to the family,” Mr. Trump says in the video.

He wants to know how Mr. Biden, on the salary of a US senator, was able to “buy one mansion after another”.

Mr Trump closed the video with a quick reference to him running for president again in 2024.

The Ways and Means Committee found as part of its investigation into the former president’s taxes that the IRS, which audits presidents’ taxes while in office, failed to do so for Mr. Trump during two years and only started doing it when asked.

Mr. Trump’s predecessor, Barack Obama, and his successor, Mr. Biden, were audited by the IRS every year they occupied the Oval Office.

The former president is recovering from another terrible week. In addition to voting to make his tax returns public, the Jan. 6 select committee eviscerated him for his role in the Capitol Riot.

The panel’s conclusion was that it was solely responsible for the events of January 6, 2021 and subsequently referred the criminal case to the Department of Justice.

They also demanded that he again be banned from holding public office.

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