Steven Mnuchin Rejects Democrats’ Demand to Hand over Trump’s Tax Returns
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Monday told House Democrats that he refuses to furnish President Trump’s tax returns, despite their legal request.
Steven Mnuchin addressed a letter to the House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal on Monday, saying that it would not be lawful to make the information public.
As reported by CNN, he wrote in the one-page letter, on behest of his lawyers, that "the Department may not lawfully fulfill the Committee's request."
"I've never seen anything quite like it"@neal_Katyal on former prosecutors saying: "if this were anyone else but a sitting President" Trump would be "labeled a felon and staring down the barrel of federal indictment" pic.twitter.com/INbh2mnE8E— The Beat with Ari Melber on MSNBC 📺 (@TheBeatWithAri) May 6, 2019
In addition, he said the request from Democrats does not serve "a legitimate legislative purpose," despite their request being backed by a 1924 law.
"In reliance on the advice of the Department of Justice, I have determined that the Committee's request lacks a legitimate legislative purpose, and [...] the Department is therefore not authorized to disclose the requested returns and return information."
Now that Treasury has officially refused to turn Trump's tax returns over to the House, as required by law, here's legal expert @RDEliason on why an impeachment inquiry might put Democrats in a stronger position to get them:https://t.co/gkZ5xOAYIj pic.twitter.com/P7LPJk6vgF— Greg Sargent (@ThePlumLineGS) May 6, 2019
Back in April, a member of the Ways and Means Committee said that Chairman Neal will "likely subpoena the returns" if the IRS does not comply.
That will be the start of a legal battle "to defend the right of oversight in Congress."