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Old 05-09-2019, 08:54 AM
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Originally Posted by Steophan View Post
Well, that's what I'm asking. How often, and for what stated purpose, are these requests made? Is this a theoretical power that's never been tested, one that's used uncontroversially on a regular basis, one that's been used occasionally in exceptional circumstances, or something else?

I'm asking this because I don't know, and a very quick Google search hasn't answered the question.
Rarely, but not never, based on this (no details that I could find):

As to the legality of Congress's demand, according to these 11 legal experts, the law is clear that Congress can demand and obtain these tax records, and there is no legal way to deny them:

We'll see in the courts. Hopefully the courts are considering how they're viewed in terms of legitimacy; if Americans cease to have confidence that our courts are legitimate, then it doesn't really matter what the law says -- power becomes the only rule.

Out of curiosity, why do you parrot the Trump administration, as if their assertions about law are necessarily correct? You obviously don't appear to be certain. But when you just say "Congress has no legitimate reason for asking for them", you're just parroting Trump. Why would you do that?

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