Published: Tue, May 21, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Mnuchin rejects Democrats’ subpoena for President Trump’s tax returns

Mnuchin rejects Democrats’ subpoena for President Trump’s tax returns

Mnuchin told the democratic Chairman of the Finance and tax Committee in the chamber, Richard Neal, on Friday in a Letter that he could not comply with the request for legal reasons.

Steven Mnuchin may face a deadline of 5 p.m. Friday to comply with a subpoena to hand over President Donald Trump's tax returns, but the pressure is really on a top House Democrat who has to decide how ferociously to respond to the Treasury secretary's all-but-certain refusal. When he issued the subpoena last week, Neal said he was seeking six years of Trump's personal and business tax returns to aid a committee investigation into whether the IRS was doing its job properly to audit a sitting president and whether the law governing such audits needed to be strengthened.

While other chairmen like House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler have held or are entertaining holding members of the administration in contempt of Congress, Neal - a Democrat who shuns political showdowns even with the Trump administration- has said he would prefer to now move to court without the show of a contempt citation. An attempt to enforce a subpoena related to a botched Justice Department investigation during President Barack Obama's administration extended well into the Trump administration.

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin wrote in a Friday letter that the request "lacks a legitimate legislative goal", basing his conclusion upon an as-of-yet unreleased legal opinion from the Department of Justice.

Mnuchin refused to comply with a request to provide six years of President Trump's tax returns, saying in a letter to Neal Friday the request lacks a "legitimate legislative goal".

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In his statement, Neal said he would consult with committee lawyers "on how best to enforce the subpoenas moving forward".

"What this does, going to court, is absent the Congress from their own responsibilities", Mr. Pascrell said. "I think that if both sides have made up their minds, better to move it over to the next branch of government: the judiciary". Neal told CNN Friday he has closely followed the advice of House counsel.

Neal says he needs the returns to oversee the IRS's routine annual audits of every president and vice president. House Democrats have expressed confidence the law requires the IRS to permit them to access the document, a position supported by numerous legal experts. Usually publish United States presidential candidates tax returns during the election campaign.

These included: Trump's 2013-2018 tax returns; tax returns of eight Trump-related entities (pictured below); statements about whether these tax returns are or were ever under audit (as Trump has repeatedly said in an effort not to release his personal tax returns); statements as to why there was an audit if there was one; all administrative files related to Trump and these entities; a statement in the event that Trump or these entities did not file tax returns a year ago.

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