Democrats are wielding the Internal Revenue Service as a “political weapon” against President Donald Trump, his lawyer, Jay Sekulow, said Sunday.
In an interview on ABC News’ “This Week,” Sekulow railed at the pressure from Democrats on Capitol Hill to get Trump’s tax returns made public.
“The idea that you can use the IRS as a political weapon is incorrect as a matter of statutory law and constitutionally,” Sekulow said. “We should not be in a situation where individual private tax returns are used for political purpose. What would stop another party from doing the same thing?”
Sekulow added that “if necessary — we’re not at that point yet — if it has to be litigated, it will be.”
The lawyer also defended the summary by Attorney General William Barr of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report, asserting “there's two conclusions that are important here to reiterate.”
“In general, Barr's letter, he said ‘I’m only going to disclose the principal conclusions. No collusion.’ The office of special counsel said there were difficult questions of law and fact and they would not make… They're not saying the president committed a crime. They're not saying he was exonerated. Which, by the way, special counsels don't exonerate.”
“When you have difficult questions of law and fact, you know what you don't do? You don't recommend prosecution,” he added.
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