Published: Sun, April 14, 2019
Medical | By Vicki Mclaughlin

House Democrat, treasury chief bicker over Trump tax returns

House Democrat, treasury chief bicker over Trump tax returns

In a new two-page letter sent to the IRS Commissioner Charles Retting Saturday morning from House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal (D-Mass.), Neal insists upon obtaining the president's tax returns and a decision from the IRS within the next 10 days.

A new letter by Rep. Richard Neal, the House Ways and Means Committee chairman, comes after the Trump administration asked for more time to consider his initial request last week.

In a letter Saturday, Neil informed the IRS commissioner he now has until April 23rd, to provide six years worth of the president's personal and business returns.

"It is not the proper function of the IRS, Treasury, or Justice to question or second guess the motivations of the committee", Neal writes in his letter. Then, he failed to meet Neal's one-week deadline on Wednesday, saying he would instead consult with the Department of Justice before any further response to make sure handing over the returns wouldn't violate legal and constitutional rights. "Those concerns lack merit".

"If you want to run for vice president or president of the United States, hey, what's wrong with providing your tax returns for the past five years?" said Sen.

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Despite the law's clarity, Democrats have long acknowledged that the request, if denied, would mean a federal court battle that could ultimately be settled by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Hoylman, who represents a Manhattan district, introduced legislation that would allow the New York Department of Taxation and Finance to send Congress state tax returns requested by three Congressional committees for a "specific and legitimate legislative goal".

Neal said in his letter that the request is needed to further "legislative proposals and 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". "Lo and behold, we have Donald Trump's tax returns here in the state of NY and we can provide them to Congress if the IRS, if the Treasury Department won't".

Members of the Trump administration, including acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney, and their allies have called the request a political attack and a violation of Trump's privacy.

Trump has repeatedly claimed to be unable to release his tax returns because he is under audit. Mnuchin himself has argued that requesting the President's personal tax returns now rises to a level that he needs to be involved.

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