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    I suggest that it is possible to factcheck something by “reporting” the opinion of a recognised legal expert, or a ruling or obiter dictum by a judge of a superior court.

    The discussion in question is over whether there is a law requiring the President to publish his tax returns — which, as I understand it, there is not — and a law authorising the Congress Ways and Means Committee to require the release of any named individual’s tax returns — which there is. The law in question is 26 US Code 6103(f)(1) which reads

    Committee on Ways and Means, Committee on Finance, and Joint Committee on Taxation
    Upon written request from the chairman of the Committee on Ways and Means of the House of Representatives, the chairman of the Committee on Finance of the Senate, or the chairman of the Joint Committee on Taxation, the Secretary shall furnish such committee with any return or return information specified in such request, except that any return or return information which can be associated with, or otherwise identify, directly or indirectly, a particular taxpayer shall be furnished to such committee only when sitting in closed executive session unless such taxpayer otherwise consents in writing to such disclosure.

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    What are the rules/processes for fact-checking that there ISN’T a law or rule? Proving there is would just be a matter of providing reference to the law/statute in question.

    It’s not clear to me how WikiTribune can fact check this besides citing all the legal documents that have been checked for confirmation. Alternatively we could quote lawyers who can confirm there is no law, of course that isn’t really fact-checking, it’s more of reporting.

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