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It is often said that no one is above the law. We will find out, hopefully sooner rather than later, whether this applies to Donald Trump, a man who considers himself to be immune to the law.

Throughout his campaign, Trump promised to do what other honorable politicians running for high office have done in the modern era, to release his tax returns. After winning election, he reneged, citing various excuses, including the most ludicrous one, that an individual may not release their returns while they are under audit. The Internal Revenue Service debunked this assertion.

The law is clear and unequivocal, that upon request from Congress, the Department "shall furnish" any citizen's returns. There is no provision within the law which provides for an exclusion if the release would cause the taxpayer embarrassment.

Now, Treasury Secretary Stephen Mnuchin, the Internal Revenue Service, and the Department of the Treasury are refusing to turn over documents to Congress, asserting the defense that the request is being made for partisan purposes.

It is reasonable to conclude that the president has a great deal to hide, hence he has ordered those under his control to refuse to turn over the returns. When Donald Trump asserts that this is "the most transparent administration in history", he should be met with raucous laughter. He must not be permitted to run out the clock or to get away with flouting the law. If he does, we will no longer be a nation of laws.

Oren Spiegler

South Strabane Township