Mnuchin Defies House Subpoena For Trump's Taxes

Democrats punishments Trump officials withholding Trump's taxes

Democrats punishments Trump officials withholding Trump's taxes

Mnuchin on Friday refused to comply with a subpoena from the Democrat-controlled House Ways and Means Committee to the IRS, which he oversees, demanding Trump's tax papers for the past six years.

Mnuchin sent another letter today saying they are still not handing over Trump's tax returns, stating "we have determined that the Committee's request lacks a legitimate legislative goal".

"I anticipate that they won't meet that deadline and the result will be that we will likely proceed to court as quickly as next week", Neal told reporters.

The Democrats had hoped a almost 100-year-old tax code provision requiring the Treasury to furnish tax returns upon request by Congress would get them the documents.

REPRESENTATIVE BILL PASCRELL, who helped lead the push to obtain Mr Trump's tax returns, on avoiding contempt charges.

The Trump administration rejected a subpoena from House Democrats for the president's tax returns, pushing the two sides closer to a day in court.

"The law, by its terms, does not allow for discretion as to whether to comply with a request for tax returns and return information", he added.

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Trump, who came into office in January 2017 with worldwide business holdings, did not release his returns during the 2016 election, breaking with four decades of precedent.

The deadline was already the third, which had been set by Neal Minister of Finance Mnuchin.

Despite the delays in making this announcement, and the description of the request as "unprecedented", it's pretty clear Mnuchin wouldn't have complied even if the subpoena had arrived with an endorsement from the Founding Fathers. "Make it part of the 2020 Election!" 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.

The decision was no surprise, with Mnuchin indicating earlier this week that he expected the dispute to be settled by the courts. Neal told CNN Friday he has closely followed the advice of House counsel.

A lawsuit would be filed in addition to the pending case between the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and Trump and his businesses over access to the president's financial records from accounting firm Mazars USA LLP. But Mnuchin refused to release the president's returns to Congress.

"I support moving forward with contempt I support using the inherent power this Congress has whether it is by fine or confinement to use that power and let this administration know that we have a credible alternative", said Texas Democratic Rep. Lloyd Doggett, who also sits on the Ways and Means Committee.

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