House Democrats set hard deadline for Trump to cough up tax returns

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Neal is relying on a 1920s-era law that says the IRS "shall furnish" any tax return requested by the chairmen of key House and Senate committees.

In his letter, Consovoy said that Neal "cannot legally request" the information as the tax code guards taxpayer privacy with the exception of certain conditions - which he says are not met. Democrats based their request on the panel's jurisdiction over IRS enforcement of the tax laws regarding USA presidents. "Mnuchin so far has only postponed responding to Democrats' request and said he would confer with the Justice Department, but not yet rejected it", the Post reports.

"We intend to follow through with this", Neal said. But I think these raise very, very complicated legal issues.

"Remember, I got elected last time - the same exact issue", Trump said. Being under audit is no legal bar to anyone releasing his or her returns.

"I am aware that concerns have been raised regarding my request, and the authority of the committee", he wrote in the letter. "Those concerns lack merit. Please know that if you fail to comply, your failure will be interpreted as a denial of my request", Neal writes.

But on Saturday, he said the administration would respond by the latest target date. "Indeed, the Supreme Court has consistently noted that the motivations underlying Congressional action are not to be second guessed, even by the courts".

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After his dramatic arrest , he was taken to Westminster Magistrates' Court and found guilty of a British charge of breaching bail. Typically the first request made - in this case from USA officials - would be acted on first, but officials have some leeway.

"The legal implications of this request could affect protections for all Americans against politically-motivated disclosures of personal tax information, regardless of which party is in power", Mnuchin wrote.

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".

The Treasury Department has missed a deadline to deliver President Donald Trump's tax returns to the House Ways and Means Committee chairman.

Last week, the acting chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney told Fox News Sunday that Democrats will "never" see Trump's tax returns. If the U.S. Treasury Department denies requests from Congress for the president's federal tax returns, they would at least have a chance of getting his state returns.

A lawyer for President Trump likened the request to "harassment". He claimed - and has continued to claim - that he could not make his tax returns public because they were under audit by the IRS.

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