Sunday, Aug. 19, 2012 | 2 a.m.
Karoun Demirjian’s recent analysis in “Reid refuses to back up claim that Romney paid no taxes for a decade” makes the case that Nevada Sen. Harry Reid has little to lose in goading the Republicans’ presumptive nominee, Mitt Romney, for his tax returns.
It is a felony to leak federal tax returns. It is even more dastardly if they have been leaked as political fodder. So if someone, perhaps Reid’s mysterious source, has access to Romney’s tax returns, the person is a potential felon.
If Reid is obtaining felonious information, he should have contacted the Justice Department and the FBI without delay. He has that obligation as a senator who has sworn to uphold the Constitution and our laws. If Reid is making this up and there is no source to verify his claims, that is another story.
The ball is in the senator’s court to either put up or shut up.