Mnuchin postpones decision on handing over Trump tax returns

Leroy Wright
April 14, 2019

In his letter, Neal argues that the IRS has an "unambiguous legal obligation" to turn over the returns under section 6103 of the tax code, which states that the treasury secretary "shall furnish" a request from the congressional committees with tax oversight.

Saturday morning, Chairman Neal sent off a second letter to Rettig at IRS, brushing off Mnuchin's arguments.

In a letter to Rep. Richard Neal, D-Mass., Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said his department hasn't decided whether to comply with the lawmaker's demand and will consult with the Justice Department and "carefully" review the request further. "Those concerns lack merit".

House Democrats are fighting hard to get their hands on President Trump's tax returns, but if they can't do it on their own they might have some help. Dubbed the "blue wall" before they unexpectedly tipped to Trump, they may have supplanted Florida and OH as the nation's premier presidential battlegrounds.

Lawyers in Trump's employ ignored an initial April 10 deadline for the release of the president's tax returns, even as Democrats scrambled for new ways to prove that they could begin impeachment proceedings, according to multiple reports. The law states that three people: the House Ways and Means chairman, the head of the Joint Committee on Taxation and the Chairman of Senate Finance can ask for anyone's personal tax information for their committee's use.

On Monday, lawmakers in NY proposed a bill that would allow the commissioner of the state's Department of Taxation and Finance to turn over state tax returns if requested by certain congressional committees. "That really doesn't pass the laugh test in the current political climate when we know the president may have something to hide from the American people".

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One of Mr Trump's top aides said last week that the Democrats would "never" see his tax returns.

Trump appears prepared to fight this to the Supreme Court.

"I expect a reply from the IRS by 5:00 p.m. on April 23, 2019" Neal wrote in the letter to Internal Revenue Service Commissioner Charles Rettig, obtained by CNN.

The president has long maintained he will not release his returns while under audit. Neal also could seek the returns through a subpoena. "Given the seriousness of these issues, which bear no connection to ordinary tax administration, we have begun consultations with the Department of Justice to ensure that our response is fully consistent with the law and the Constitution".

William Consovoy, whose firm was retained by Trump to represent him on the matter, has written the Treasury's general counsel and said the congressional request "would set a risky precedent" if granted and that the IRS can not legally divulge the information.

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