House committee chair extends deadline for Trump's tax returns

Sergio Conner
April 14, 2019

Neil also dismissed concerns regarding the request, which were raised by Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin. "Those concerns lack merit".

Democrats want Trump's tax returns as part of their investigations of possible conflicts of interest posed by his continued ownership of extensive business interests, even as he serves the public as president.

Trump has repeatedly claimed that he's being audited and can't publicize his tax returns, breaking with decades of traditions where candidates release their tax returns as they run for president.

In a letter to committee Chairman Richard Neal, D-Mass., on Wednesday, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said his department hasn't decided whether to comply with the demand and said Treasury will consult with the Justice Department and "carefully" review the request further. "Lo and behold, we have Donald Trump's tax returns here in the state of NY and we can provide them to Congress if the IRS, if the Treasury Department won't".

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. Mnuchin used similar language in a letter to Neal this week.

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Mnuchin said that Treasury Department lawyers have been working "diligently" to research the issues involved and have been in contact with Justice Department attorneys. Rep. Lloyd Doggett, D-Texas, said in a statement that alluded to the 1924 statute that mandates the IRS provide any taxpayer's returns when asked by a handful of top lawmakers.

The issue appears sure to end up in federal court.

In a two-page letter, Neal writes that he believes his committee is well within its rights to see the President's tax returns and that he expects a decision from the IRS within the next 10 days.

Committee Chairman Richard Neal, a Democrat, noted that any "failure to comply" by Trump with the second deadline will be interpreted by lawmakers as a refusal to comply and a denial of the committee's request, according to Reuters. Claiming the request was purely political, Mulvaney added: "That is not going to happen and they know it". Neal also could seek the returns through a subpoena. "The legal implications of this request could affect protections for all Americans against politically-motivated disclosures of personal tax information, regardless of which party is in power". Neal has argued that the committee needs Trump's tax information in order to conduct oversight of the Presidential audit program, a program that is not enshrined in law, but instead has become a routine procedure at the IRS that when a new President comes into office.

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