On Monday, President-Elect Joe Biden began announcing his cabinet nominees, and it’s an impressive list that includes Tony Blinken as Secretary of State, Jake Sullivan as National Security Adviser, and Alejandro Mayorkas as Homeland Security Secretary.
When it comes to Secretary of the Treasury, Biden will reportedly name Janet Yellen, former chair of the Federal Reserve, to guide U.S. economic policy. Yellen is a brilliant economist who graduated from Brown University and Yale, and is widely respected as one of the best minds in the field of monetary policy.
And, in a wonderful example of perfect irony mixed with karma, Yellen could also become one hell of a thorn in the side of Donald Trump, who removed her as Fed chair shortly after he took office.
How so? Well, as head of the Treasury Department, Yellen can immediately order the Internal Revenue Service to hand Trump’s tax returns to Congressional investigators and New York prosecutors who had to go all the way to the Supreme Court to gain access to that information and are still waiting for Trump and his attorneys to obey the ruling of the justices. So far, Steven Mnuchin has proven essential to Trump in making sure those returns remain hidden:
“(Mnuchin) was routinely enmeshed in high-profile political controversies, defending the president’s decision not to release his tax returns and rejecting subpoenas from House Democrats demanding their release under the law.”
Granted, Yellen will face Senate confirmation, but even if she’s only named as acting Treasury Secretary, she can still make sure Trump’s tax returns are given to the relevant parties busily looking for evidence of tax fraud and money laundering.
You may recall that during the investigation conducted by former Special Counsel Robert Mueller, Trump was asked by the New York Times if it would be crossing a “red line” if Mueller’s prosecutors began looking into his finances. He replied:
“I would say yeah. I would say yes. By the way, I would say, I don’t — I don’t — I mean, it’s possible there’s a condo or something, so, you know, I sell a lot of condo units, and somebody from Russia buys a condo, who knows? I don’t make money from Russia. …
“Look, this is about Russia. So I think if he wants to go, my finances are extremely good, my company is an unbelievably successful company.”
Just think of it: Janet Yellen was fired by Trump (probably because she’s a woman), and now she could be the person who helps put him behind bars.
How’s that for a perfect ending?