IRS commissioner to face lawmakers on Trump tax returns

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Democrats are pursuing Trump's returns under a legal authority that aims to prevent interference from the White House on the Treasury's decision whether to release the tax returns, in what the White House chief of staff has called a "political stunt".

In a House hearing, Mnuchin said he personally had not been involved in the conversations and had not spoken to Trump or anyone else inside the White House about the release request.

The tax returns, the bill states, must be requested for a "specified and legitimate legislative objective".

Democrats have demanded Trump release his tax returns for years, starting when he was a presidential candidate in 2015.

Treasury Department lawyers huddled with the White House general counsel's office about the release of President Trump's tax returns even before House Democrats asked for the records, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said Tuesday.

"I believe that the communication between our legal department and the White House general counsel was informational", Mnuchin said.

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Acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney said in a Sunday show appearance that lawmakers will "never" see Trump's returns. Mnuchin says he "looks forward to responding" but it appears clear that Treasury won't meet the deadline.

The Post notes the "process is created to be walled off from White House interference, in part because of corruption that took place during the Teapot Dome scandal in the 1920s".

Rettig is sure to face questions from a House Appropriations Committee panel on the topic Tuesday afternoon. The IRS is part of Treasury.

Mnuchin said he personally has had no conversations with anyone in the White House about the request, and was not briefed on the contents of the prior conversations between Treasury and White House lawyers.

IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig is facing off with lawmakers on Capitol Hill for the first time since House Democrats last week asked him for President Donald Trump's tax returns.

Asked on "Fox News Sunday" if congressional Democrats will succeed in obtaining the Republican president's tax returns, Mulvaney said: "No, never".

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