Trump's tax legal fight

Treasury denies Democrats’ request for Trump’s tax returns

Treasury denies Democrats’ request for Trump’s tax returns

The progressive groups' call for action from the Democratic House came after Mnuchin sent a letter to Neal Monday evening rejecting the Ways and Means Committee's demand for Trump's tax returns, claiming the request does not "serve a legitimate legislative goal". "What's unprecedented is an entire federal government working in concert to shield a corrupt president from legal accountability".

"The Department of Justice has informed us that it intends to memorialize its advice in a published legal opinion as soon as practicable". "I will consult with counsel and determine the appropriate response", the statement read.

The Treasury's denial came the same day that the House Judiciary panel scheduled a May 8 vote on whether to find Attorney General William Barr in contempt of Congress for not turning over a fully unredacted version of special counsel Robert Mueller's report on Russia's meddling in the 2016 elections.

"What has happened this week in Washington makes it all more important that the state of NY steps into the constitutional void and provides Congress with what it's entitled to know, in this case the tax return of the president", said Sen.

"It is not the proper function of the IRS, Treasury or Justice to question or second guess the motivations of the committee or its reasonable determinations regarding its need for the requested tax returns and return information", Neal wrote to Rettig in response to the missed deadline on April 23.

Mr. Trump's personal attorney had suggested in a letter to Mnuchin in April that the Department of Justice should decide whether Mr. Trump's tax returns could be disclosed to Neal.

Upon written request from the chairman of the Committee on Ways and Means of the House of Representatives, the chairman of the Committee on Finance of the Senate, or the chairman of the Joint Committee on Taxation, the Secretary shall furnish such committee with any return or return information specified in such request, except that any return or return information which can be associated with, or otherwise identify, directly or indirectly, a particular taxpayer shall be furnished to such committee only when sitting in closed executive session unless such taxpayer otherwise consents in writing to such disclosure.

Trump has privately made clear he has no intention of turning over the much-coveted records.

Last month, congressional Republicans criticized Democrats' attempts to obtain Trump's tax returns. But Treasury missed the deadlines, a strategy Democrats have argued was an effort to delay the process. "We have enough information and we have enough to help us to guide us moving forward to help us with these subpoenas", Waters said. "[Trump] could always allow people to see it". The Democrats are demanding that the IRS turn over the documents. "This is a political stunt".

It would likely not contain any information about IRS audits into Trump's tax returns, a key part of Neal's request, as those would not be filed in the state returns.

"Is that all? Usually, it's 10", Trump said.