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Mnuchin refuses to release Trump’s tax returns

by Harvest Prude
Posted 5/07/19, 10:31 am

WASHINGTON—Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin rejected House Democrats’ demands for President Donald Trump’s tax returns, possibly setting up a protracted legal battle. In a letter Monday to House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal, D-Mass., Mnuchin said the Democrats’ request “presents serious constitutional questions.” After consulting with the Department of Justice, the Trump administration concluded that the request “lacks a legitimate legislative purpose,” he said.

Trump has often cited ongoing audits of his returns as his reason for breaking a tradition of releasing them that started with President Richard Nixon. No law requires presidents to release their tax returns. In his original request, Neal pointed to a 1924 law allowing the heads of congressional tax committees to request any American’s returns. The administration has argued that this request exceeds lawmakers’ constitutional powers.

“As you have recognized, the committee’s request is unprecedented, and it presents serious constitutional questions, the resolution of which may have lasting consequences for all taxpayers,” Mnuchin wrote.

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Harvest Prude

Harvest is a reporter for WORLD based in Washington, D.C.

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  • news2me
    Posted: Tue, 05/07/2019 03:49 pm

    The swamp monsters are going after everyone that has ties to Trump. I hope this guy doesn't get stuck in the swamp muck until they brow-beat him to pieces and then throw him in jail because THEY control the muck and have the POWER to throw you in it.

  • altolibrarian
    Posted: Tue, 05/07/2019 04:01 pm

    I so object to ANYONE being forced to release tax returns.  It's no one's business as long as the IRS has not found anything illegal.  And even if they did, I'd question motivation for making it public.  Just what "oversight" is the committee claiming is needed?  This is just another bogus Witch Hunt.

  • CaptTee's picture
    Posted: Tue, 05/07/2019 09:43 pm

    Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin should offer to release the Congress members' tax returns to show them what a "good idea" it is to release tax returns just because someone holds public office!