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PoliticsMnuchin Foresees Trump Tax Return Fight Heading to Court

19:00  15 may  2019
19:00  15 may  2019 Source:   bloomberg.com

Mnuchin rejects Democrats’ demand to hand over Trump’s tax returns, all but ensuring legal battle

Mnuchin rejects Democrats’ demand to hand over Trump’s tax returns, all but ensuring legal battle Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Monday told House Democrats he would not furnish President Trump’s tax returns despite their legal request, the latest move by Trump administration officials to shield the president from congressional investigations. Mnuchin, in a letter to House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal (D-Mass.), said he had consulted with the Justice Department and that they had concluded that it would not be lawful for the Trump administration to turn over the tax returns because of potential violations of privacy.

WASHINGTON — Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told lawmakers on Tuesday that White House lawyers had been in touch with his department about a congressional request for President Trump ’s tax returns but said he had not personally spoken to Mr. Trump or those lawyers about how the matter

Neal had first requested Trump ’s tax returns in March, and Mnuchin twice failed to meet Democrats’ deadlines before formalizing his refusal in his letter Monday. Democrats have said obtaining the tax returns is necessary for their oversight responsibilities, such as ensuring the Internal Revenue

Mnuchin Foresees Trump Tax Return Fight Heading to Court© Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin leaves a Senate subcommittee hearing after testifying on the Treasury Department's budget on May 15, 2019. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin indicated he would not comply with a subpoena to hand over President Donald Trump’s tax returns, saying that the judicial branch will likely decide the dispute between Congress and the Trump administration.

“There’s a difference in interpretation in Congress and us and the Department of Justice,” Mnuchin told a Senate appropriations panel Wednesday. “That’s why there are three branches of government, so that if there’s a difference in opinion it can go to” a different branch to be resolved.

Democrats appear headed straight to court for Trump's tax returns

Democrats appear headed straight to court for Trump's tax returns Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Monday shot down Neal’s request for six years’ worth of Trump’s personal returns.

Treasury secretary Steven Mnuchin refused to hand them over, while House to vote on Wednesday to hold William Barr in contempt of Congress.

Steven Mnuchin , the Treasury secretary, told Congress that more time was needed to evaluate the request and cited privacy concerns. Mr. Trump said on Wednesday that he would not turn over his tax returns because they remained under audit by the I.R.S., signaling a long fight ahead.

Mnuchin and IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig face a Friday deadline to hand over six years of Trump’s personal and business tax documents. House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal subpoenaed the documents last week after making several requests in April using a section of the tax code that gives the chairmen of the congressional tax committees the authority to request any tax return, including those of the president.

So far, Mnuchin has repeatedly refused those requests, saying House Democrats don’t have a legitimate legislative purpose for the returns and only want to target a political enemy and violate the president’s privacy. Neal has said his purpose in asking is to oversee the IRS’s routine annual audit of every president and vice president.

Trump says voters don't care about his personal tax returns

Trump says voters don't care about his personal tax returns President Donald Trump is scoffing at Democrats' attempts to pry loose his tax returns, saying his refusal to release the records as a candidate didn't hurt him in 2016 and voters "didn't care" about the issue. A leading House Democrat has issued subpoenas for six years of Trump's tax documents and given the treasury secretary and IRS commissioner a deadline of this coming Friday to deliver them. Trump's the first president since Watergate to decline to make his returns public.

WASHINGTON — The Treasury Department said on Monday that it would not release President Trump ’s tax returns to Congress, defying a request from House Democrats and setting up a legal battle likely to be resolved by the Supreme Court .

Mnuchin , in turn, has pointed to court rulings that lawmakers need a legitimate policy reason for their investigations. Some Democrats have said that Trump bucked decades of tradition by refusing to release his tax returns before or after the 2016 election. But bits and pieces of his tax picture, dating

Mnuchin told the senators that Congress didn’t need to see the president’s returns to ensure the IRS was conducting audits properly.

“Congress has a legitimate interest to make sure the IRS is performing the function properly as it relates to any taxpayer,” Mnuchin said. “This is a very important issue that has a precedent way beyond any one president.”

Mnuchin also said in answer to a question that he has not discussed the dispute over the returns "with the president or with anybody in the White House."

Trump broke with 40 years of precedent by refusing to release his tax returns during the 2016 campaign.

Neal has said he has drafted his request for the tax return with the anticipation that this dispute would be decided in the courts. Another dispute over Trump’s tax returns, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee seeking Trump’s personal and business records from accountant Mazars USA LLP, had a hearing in federal court on Tuesday.

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