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Donald Trump in Wildwood, New Jersey on January 28, 2020. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for New Jersey Globe).

Hugin slams Mar-a-Lago search by FBI

Pascrell applauds court ruling allowing review of Trump tax returns

By David Wildstein, August 09 2022 5:49 pm

The FBI’s search of Donald Trump’s Florida home has drawn a sharp rebuke from New Jersey GOP State Chairman Bob Hugin, who thinks the nation is on a path that allows the government to potentially harass political opponents.

“The FBI raid on President Trump’s personal residence is unprecedented and raises a number of concerns about the power of the ruling party to investigate its political opponents,” Hugin said on Tuesday.

Hugin says he’s worried that a new law, supported by Democratic House members from New Jersey, that funds the hiring of roughly 87,000 new IRS agents.

“Make no mistake about it: this new robust agency will harass small business owners, political adversaries, and law-abiding Americans,” stated Hugin.  “It is more essential than ever to elect a Republican Congress this November to put an end to one-party rule.”

Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-Paterson), a resolute Trump critic, on Tuesday lauded a U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruling permitting the House Ways and Means Committee to conduct a lawful review of Trump’s tax returns.

“Congressional oversight of tax returns has been clear and unchallenged for a century until Donald Trump and his minions stymied, delayed, and obstructed our oversight with every nefarious tool imaginable,” said Pascrell.  “This has never been about one man.  It is about the rule of law.”

Pascrell,  the chairman of the Ways and Means Oversight Subcommittee, has been seeking a review of the former president’s tax returns since February 2017.

“This case is about the Article I branch’s constitutional right to legislate and conduct rigorous oversight,” he said.  “The wait should now be over. It is way past time for us to get the returns to review.  This court’s decision should be the final word.  God willing.  No one is above the law.”

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