Legal experts call on Biden to release corporate tax returns

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On Wednesday, legal experts called on President Biden to release corporate tax returns representing more than $13 million in revenue he and first lady Jill Biden reported to the IRS between 2017 and 2019, between his terms as president. vice-president and commander-in-chief.

George Washington University law professor Jonathan Turley said that while there is “no evidence of wrongdoing”, his son Hunter Biden’s overseas business dealings scandal “has reaches the point where the White House must err on the side of transparency.”

“The president’s past denials of any knowledge of or involvement in his son’s business dealings are now contradicted not only by witnesses and emails, but also by Hunter Biden himself,” Turley wrote in an email. at Post.

“Full disclosure and transparency would seem, at a minimum, warranted given the growing controversy.”

University of Minnesota law professor Richard Painter, who was the White House’s chief ethics counsel for then-President George W. Bush, also said that without corporate returns , “you don’t know where the money is coming from”.

“That’s exactly why disclosure is best – so every card is face up on the table,” he said. “Otherwise, people have no idea what’s in there. . . and it undermines public trust in government.

Jonathan Turley, a law professor at George Washington University, said “the White House must err on the side of transparency” in light of the Hunter Biden scandal.
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Former Utah U.S. Attorney Brett Tolman said he believes the federal grand jury investigation into Hunter Biden in Delaware should be expanded to look at Joe and Jill Biden’s earnings.

“In a white-collar investigation, the focus is on ‘sourcing’ funds,” said Tolman, who now directs the Texas Public Policy Foundation’s “Right on Crime” project. “That should be at the heart of what they’re doing right now. Biden would have no way to stop a grand jury subpoena.

The comments came in response to a Wednesday report by The Federalist which highlighted how the revenues of two so-called S corporations – CelticCapri Corp. and Giacoppa Corp. — accounted for the vast majority of Joe and Jill Biden’s $16.7 million in earnings, respectively, between 2017 and 2019.

President Joe Biden speaks as he leaves after signing the Postal Service Reform Act of 2022 in the State Dining Room of the White House.
A report by The Federalist said the sources of Biden’s significant income after he left office as vice president were never detailed in his tax returns.
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The only explanation so far for the corporate profits comes from a 2020 USA Today ‘fact-check’ report that found more than $15.6 million of the couple’s earnings came from speaking fees and book deals. , said the federalist.

The White House did not respond to a request for comment.

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