White House advising Treasury Department on release of Trump tax returns

Charles Rettig then nominee for Commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service testifies during his confirmation hearing

Charles Rettig then nominee for Commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service testifies during his confirmation hearing

"Congress, as a coequal branch of government, has a duty to conduct oversight of departments and officials", Neal said when he requested the tax returns.

Mnuchin said Neal's request raised important questions of "constitutional scope of congressional investigative authority, the legitimacy of the asserted legislative objective, and the constitutional rights of American citizens". "It is being reviewed by the legal department and we look forward to responding to the letter". The IRS is part of Treasury.

The request cited a 1924 federal law that states the Internal Revenue Service "shall furnish" the records at the request of lawmakers tasked with tax oversight.

"So if this is the way you want to treat me, then I'll rethink whether I voluntarily come back here", Mnuchin said. We have no evidence that there's any wrongdoing, " said Rep. Chris Stewart, R-Utah, who said the request tramples on Trump's right to privacy.

It's not the first time Mnuchin and Waters have sparred on the hill.

In a hearing Wednesday morning before the Senate Appropriations Committee, Rettig declined to say whether he would comply with Democrats' request.

It's not clear how long the subsequent court fights would take. The president's outside attorney also did not respond to a request for comment. New York's legislature is now considering legislation that would allow Congress to request the president's tax returns from the state's Department of Taxation and Finance. "I have no problem with it, but while I'm under audit, I would not give my taxes". "That's really hard to predict", Hemel said.

Both Rettig and Mnuchin are Trump appointees.

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No single party in Israel has ever won a majority of seats in parliament; the country has always had coalition governments. Both moves delighted Israel, infuriated Palestinian and Arab leaders, and were opposed by most USA allies.

But Democrats have long wanted Trump's tax returns to see what foreign financial dealings he may have, whether he always followed the law, and if he benefited from the 2017 Republican tax overhaul.

Waters then cut in, offering that Mnuchin was free to leave whenever he wished, but Mnuchin pushed further, appearing to ask for official permission to leave. But the White House is supposed to stay out of the decision, and Rettig said he's had no contact with anyone there.

"Remember, I got elected last time, the exact same issue, with the same intensity, which was not very much, because, frankly, the people don't care", Trump said as he left the White House for a trip to Texas.

Mnuchin revealed the discussions during a congressional hearing.

"Remember, I got elected last time - the same exact issue", Trump said.

Trump has said his returns are under audit and that he doesn't intend to turn anything over until that is finished. "We have said we will comply with the law". Officially, the duty of handing over the tax returns has been delegating to the IRS commissioner from the secretary, and that delegation has not been reversed.

Presidential candidates since the Nixon administration have released their tax returns, but Trump has refused to do so.

Regardless of those risks, past presidents released their tax returns while in office. "I acknowledge that there were conversations and I have not been briefed on the communications", Mnuchin said. "I think the law is clear on this matter".

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