Trump says he won't give his tax returns to Congress

Trump says he won't give his tax returns to Congress

Trump says he won't give his tax returns to Congress

Fellow Democrat Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia echoed Wyden, urging Rettig to respond to the request for the president's tax returns "without any interference by the Treasury Secretary" or the White House.

"I will cancel my meeting and I will not be back here", said Mnuchin.

"Keep in mind that that's an issue that was already litigated during the election", Mulvaney said on Fox News Sunday. "If you wish to leave, you may".

"Consistent with its authority, 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 letter reads.

Mnuchin said Tuesday that he is rarely involved in handling other requests for tax returns and would not say how he planned to proceed with this request.

The passive aggression was visible on both sides, with Waters insisting that Mnuchin had "made an offer" to stay, and Mnuchin suggesting that she was "ordering for me to stay here".

"While I'm under audit, I won't do it", he added, ignoring that the IRS by law is mandated to release the tax returns of an American if requested by the Chairman of the House Way and Means Committee.

"I think that there was any communication with the White House about this is deeply troubling and certainly violates the spirit of the law, if not the letter of the law, and I think we need to get to the bottom of this", she told Mnuchin at the afternoon hearing.

Mnuchin, at the hearing on Tuesday, would not say how he planned to proceed. However, he said that the department's lawyers had discussed the possibility with the White House general counsel before the request was sent.

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Waters: What would you like to do?

Financial Services Comm. Chair Rep. Maxine Waters explains her side of a verbal clash she had with Treasury Sec. "I believe you are supposed to take the gavel and bang it". He routinely says - as he did Friday - that he's under audit and therefore won't release his returns.

Regardless of those risks, past presidents released their tax returns while in office.

But less than 24 hours earlier, the president's own IRS commissioner, Charles Rettig, told lawmakers there are no rules prohibiting a taxpayer under audit from releasing their tax information, when asked at a congressional hearing.

"We have no evidence of anything nefarious".

"We intend to follow through with this", Neal said Wednesday.

Democrats want access to the returns as part of investigations into Trump's business dealings and his campaign.

"The requests for [Trump's] private tax information are not consistent with governing law, do not advance any proper legislative objective, and threaten to interfere with the ordinary conduct of audits", said William S. Consovoy, Trump's attorney, in a statement. Trump has broken with decades of precedent by not voluntarily releasing his returns to the public.

The head of the IRS faced questions from politicians for a second day on his response to Neal's request.

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