Day 130: Leverage

What story would Donald Trump’s tax returns tell?

Would they tell us that he was financially compromised by Russian oligarchs and state run institutions? That would fall in line with what CNN reported this morning: that Russian officials discussed potentially financially compromising information about Donald Trump and that they could use this information to influence him and his inner circle.

It would also fall in line with what we know about Trump’s debt, that it is worth a whopping, and self-reported, $717 million and could be worth as much as $2 billion including some other real estate transactions. I think a country like Russia would be very interested in purchasing such debts from the banks.

It might line up with the work of Michael Cohen, Trump’s personal attorney, who now finds himself caught up in the sweeping investigation and has declined to cooperate with law enforcement. Cohen was named before in the now infamous Steele dossier as having traveled to Prague to participate in collusion activities between the two parties.

But we cannot see what leverage Russian officials might have over Donald Trump if we do not use the leverage we have here to compel their release. The March for Truth is this Saturday. Among its demands are an independent Congressional investigation, the prosecution of any crimes uncovered by this investigation and the release of Donald Trump’s tax returns. The last of these demands is critical to our understanding of the events that unfolded during the 2016 election.

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