By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Senior Correspondent
Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) praised the recent Supreme Court ruling that provides Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance access to President Donald Trump’s tax and financial records.
In a live interview on Monday, July 13, with BlackPressUSA, Ocasio-Cortez called the decision “huge,” and said the release of the president’s records could reveal whether Trump has participated in financial crimes.
“I think opening the door and allowing the New York prosecutor’s office to access Trump’s taxes is a huge step. From day one of his campaign, Trump was the first to break from that tradition (of unveiling his financial records),” Ocasio-Cortez said during the interview, which included Washington Informer Publisher Denise Rolark Barnes.
“Even before he was president, people were raising alarm bells,” Ocasio-Cortez suggested. “The reason we ask for tax and financial records of presidential candidates to be made public is precisely for this reason. To see if there isn’t any indication that a candidate can be extorted or some conflict of interest,” she said.
“The fact that the president has hidden it from day one is an issue, and it turns out as time has gone on; he very well may be implicated in crimes. His taxes may further implicate him in the criminality of a financial nature, and that has huge consequences for our governance.”
This month’s ruling marked the first time that the nation’s highest court has directly ruled on a matter involving Trump’s financial dealings.
The president has steadfastly refused to release his tax records to the public, and with the election drawing close, Ocasio-Cortez noted concerns have only increased.
“We do have testimony that there is something there,” Ocasio-Cortez declared.
“While some people may speculate about foreign connections and Russia, ultimately the things he’s been directly implicated are financial fraud, tax fraud, and tax evasion. [Trump’s former attorney] Michael Cohen came before a congressional committee and testified that Donald Trump over-inflated his assets for insurance companies, and under-inflated them for taxes.
“Both are crimes, and Cohen indicated that this was done regularly. It could [Trump’s] financial crimes are on a scale of tens of millions of dollars. That’s enormous, and it could be used as a source to blackmail him. It’s a crime, and it’s likely one reason he’s tried to hide his taxes when he ran.”
In an attempt to prevent future candidates and those in office to hide their financial status from the public, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 1 last year.
The bill, which Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has thus far refused to take up, would expand access to the ballot box, reduce the influence of big money in politics, and strengthen ethics rules for public servants.
“It’s a sweeping electoral reform bill that could start to chip away at the power of big money and dark money,” Ocasio-Cortez stated. “Throughout Trump’s tenure, he has shown that many of the customs that we took for granted were not law.”
The congresswoman added that Trump’s recent pardons and the commutation of the president’s friend Roger Stone raise significant concern.
“It’s extremely troubling because the message that Trump is sending to his accomplices is that if you commit a crime for me, then I will let you off the hook,” Ocasio-Cortez said.
The congresswoman also made a plea for everyone to fill out the 2020 Census.
“This is so important for our communities, especially for communities of color because we have historically been undercounted,” Ocasio-Cortez noted.
“One message that I think is important to get across is that your Census information is completely confidential. It doesn’t matter [where you live], if you owe child support, are undocumented, or in debt. None of that information is shared with anybody. It’s not only illegal, but it’s an immense crime for anyone at the Census to leak personal information. Your information is completely safe and confidential.”
October 16, 2023, HOUSTON, TX – Congressional Candidate Amanda Edwards has raised over $1 million in less than 4 months, a substantial sum that helps bolster the frontrunner status of the former At-Large Houston City Council Member in her bid for U.S. Congress. Edwards raised over $433,000 in Q3 of 2023. This strong Q3 report expands on a successful Q2 where Edwards announced just 11 days after declaring her candidacy that she had raised over $600,000. With over $829,000 in cash-on-hand at the end of the September 30th financial reporting period, Edwards proves again that she is the clear frontrunner in the race. “I am beyond grateful for the strong outpouring of support that will help me to win this race and serve the incredible people of the 18th Congressional District,” said Edwards. “We are at a critical juncture in our nation’s trajectory, and we need to send servant leaders to Congress who can deliver the results the community deserves. The strong support from our supporters will help us to cultivate an 18th Congressional District where everyone in it can thrive.” Edwards said. “Amanda understands the challenges that the hard-working folks of the 18th Congressional District face because she has never lost sight of who she is or where she comes from; she was born and raised right here in the 18th Congressional District of Houston,” said Kathryn McNiel, spokesperson for Edwards’ campaign. Edwards has been endorsed by Higher Heights PAC, Collective PAC, Krimson PAC, and the Brady PAC. She has also been supported by Beto O’Rourke, among many others. About Amanda: Amanda is a native Houstonian, attorney and former At-Large Houston City Council Member. Amanda is a graduate of Eisenhower High School in Aldine ISD. Edwards earned a B.A. from Emory University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. Edwards practiced law at Vinson & Elkins LLP and Bracewell LLP before entering public service. Edwards is a life-long member of St. Monica Catholic Church in Acres Homes. For more information, please visit www.edwardsforhouston.com
As September 13th rolls around, we extend our warmest birthday wishes to the creative powerhouse, Tyler Perry, a man whose indomitable spirit and groundbreaking work have left an indelible mark on the world of entertainment. With his multifaceted talents as an actor, playwright, screenwriter, producer, and director, Tyler Perry has not only entertained but also inspired audiences worldwide, particularly within the African-American community, where his influence and role have been nothing short of powerful. Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, in 1969, Tyler Perry’s journey to stardom was a path riddled with adversity. Raised in a turbulent household, he found refuge in writing, using it as a therapeutic outlet. This period of introspection gave rise to one of his most iconic creations, Madea, a vivacious, no-nonsense grandmother who would later become a beloved figure in Perry’s works, offering a unique blend of humor and profound life lessons. Despite facing numerous challenges, including rejection and financial struggles, Perry’s determination and unwavering belief in his abilities propelled him forward. In 1992, he staged his first play, “I Know I’ve Been Changed,” which, although met with limited success, was a pivotal moment in his career. Unfazed by initial setbacks, Perry continued to hone his craft, and by 1998, he had successfully produced a string of stage plays that showcased his storytelling prowess.
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