House Dems ask IRS to provide Trump's tax returns

House Dems ask IRS to provide Trump's tax returns

House Dems ask IRS to provide Trump's tax returns

The answer is not clear.

In March, Mnuchin told Congress that he would "protect the president as we would protect any taxpayer" when it comes to privacy.

"They can do what they want to do", he said. "But I've been under audit for many years because the numbers are big and I guess when you have a name, you're audited", Trump said at a White House meeting with USA military leaders. Trump, a Republican and wealthy businessman, did not do so.

Trump has been criticized for being the first president since Richard Nixon to not voluntarily release his tax returns.

Representative Pramila Jayapal, a Democrat from Washington and a leader of the House Progressive Caucus, said she believes the tax returns would shed light on whether "some of his actions and public policy, like around Russian Federation, for example, could be explained by those conflicts of interest".

The request includes Trump's business and personal returns from the past six years.

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The ranking Republican member of House Ways and Means however opposed the move.

Mr. Neal is now chairman of the Ways and Means Committee, which makes him the top tax law writer in the country, since all tax revenue bills must start with him.

It is nearly guaranteed that Trump's administration will challenge this through the courts, a process which could feasibly take months.

When pressed on the House Democratic effort to request the returns, Cruz said, "Of course it's political and House Democrats are attacking President Trump across the board, but yes, candidates for president should release their tax returns".

Mr Neal has given the IRS until April 10 to comply with the request.

"Is that all?" the president asked when told Democrats wanted to see six years of his returns. Under the IRS manual, the agency gives the president's tax returns a mandatory examination, but that is IRS policy, not federal law.

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Given the Senate Finance Committee Chuck Grassley has long said requesting Mr Trump's tax returns would be akin to weaponising the tax-writing committee, the ask fell to Mr Neal.

Neal said the legal strategy was devised by House counsel and the Ways and Means Committee's tax staff.

"At this point, the Michael Cohen testimony pretty much laid out a criminal enterprise", said Representative Gerry Connolly of Virginia, a Democrat on the House Oversight Committee.

The law that allows Neal to request the returns says the treasury secretary "shall" turn over the relevant records.

Neal said he could not provide a time frame for how the litigation will play out. "It's a great test case that will make its way through the federal courts", Neal said. "We're not engaging in that and the president commented on it yesterday, I don't see any indication that has changed".

Though Congressional Democrats have been clamoring for Trump's business and personal tax returns since reclaiming a majority in the House in January, Neal downplayed the political implications of his request in a Wednesday statement.

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