US Treasury will not hand over Trump tax returns to Congress: Mnuchin

07 Mai, 2019, 12:20 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • US Treasury will not hand over Trump tax returns to Congress: Mnuchin

Separately, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said he would not provide the House Ways and Means Committee with six years of Trump's individual and business tax returns, despite a formal request by Chairman Richard Neal under a law authorizing such actions.

"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", Steven Mnuchin, the Treasury secretary, wrote in a letter to Democratic Rep. Richard Neal of MA.

"As you recognized, the Committee's request is unprecedented, and it presents serious constitutional questions, the resolution of which may have lasting consequences for all taxpayers", added Mnuchin.

Neal responded in a statement: "I will consult with counsel and determine the appropriate response". The request "lacks a legitimate legislative objective", Mnuchin added.

"The Department of Justice has informed us that it intends to memorialize its advice in a published legal opinion as soon as practicable".

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After Neal first issued the request, the Trump Administration immediately suggested that it would fail to comply with the request, with Mnuchin blowing off two deadlines imposed by Neal to hand over the tax information.

The chairmen of the House Ways and Means Committee and the Senate Finance Committee have had the authority since 1924 to obtain the tax returns of any American, and the law stipulates that the Treasury secretary "shall furnish" the information once it is requested.

To that end, Mr. Neal has taken pains to say he wants to see the president's tax returns to review whether the IRS is auditing the president, as is called for under IRS policy. "We are under audit, despite what people said, and working that out", Trump told reporters at the White House. Trump already has signaled he has no intention of turning over the much-coveted records.

USA congressional Democrats edged closer on Monday to fighting two legal battles - one over the Mueller report and one over President Donald Trump's tax returns - after administration officials stonewalled lawmakers' requests for those documents.

The president has long told confidants that he was under audit and therefore could not release his taxes.

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