Published: Sun, April 14, 2019
Medicine | By Daryl Nelson

Democrats demand Trump tax returns by April 23

Democrats demand Trump tax returns by April 23

In a letter Saturday, Neil informed the IRS commissioner he now has until April 23rd, to provide six years worth of the president's personal and business returns.

Mnuchin, who has consulted with the White House and Department of Justice about Trump's tax returns, said earlier this week that Neal's request raised concerns about the scope of the committee's authority, privacy protections for US taxpayers and the legislative goal of lawmakers in seeking the documents. "There are constitutional issues", Mnuchin told reporters on the sidelines of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank spring meetings in Washington. "Please know that if you fail to comply, your failure will be interpreted as a denial of my request". "Those concerns lack merit".

Neal argued in this second letter that the law granting him the authority to request tax documents is "Unambiguous and raises no complicated legal issues that warrant supervision or review by" the Justice or Treasury Departments.

Trump appears prepared to fight this to the Supreme Court.

"Concerns about what the Committee may do with the tax returns and return information are baseless".

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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Neal said that the Committee is "considering legislative proposals and conducting oversight related to our Federal tax laws, including, but not limited to, the extent to which the IRS audits and enforces the Federal tax laws against a President".

House Ways and Means Committee Chair Richard Neal, D-Mass., on Saturday sent a two-page letter to IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig rebuffing Mnuchin's statement earlier this week that Treasury would miss House Democrats' initial April 10 deadline for the returns.

The president has long maintained he will not release his returns while under audit.

Mnuchin revealed in congressional testimony that White House lawyers consulted with Treasury on Trump's tax returns.

He said Mr. Trump's tax returns in NY will have some of the same information found in the president's federal tax returns.

In that letter, Mnuchin also questioned the scope of Congress's investigative authority and Neal's stated reason for the request - that he wants them to insure that the IRS is properly auditing presidents.

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