Democrats set new deadline on Trump tax returns

Democrats set new deadline on Trump tax returns

However, Treasury Steve Mnuchin did not meet that deadline and Neal has now revised his deadline to April 23.

In that letter, Mnuchin also questioned the scope of Congress's investigative authority and Neal's stated reason for the request - that he wants them to insure that the IRS is properly auditing presidents.

"Even if Ways and Means had a legitimate committee goal for requesting the President's tax returns and return information, that objective is not driving Chairman Neal's request", he wrote. Bernie Sanders returned to the friendly terrain of Wisconsin on Friday, promising to build a coalition that will defeat President Donald Trump as he kicked off a swing through pivotal states that are part of the Democratic "blue wall" strategy for 2020. In his letter, Neal argues that the IRS has an "unambiguous legal obligation" to turn over the returns under section 6103 of the tax code, which states that the treasury secretary "shall furnish" a request from the congressional committees with tax oversight. He has asked for six years' worth of the president's personal and business returns. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin responded by the deadline saying he needed more time to review the request and consult with the Department of Justice.

Earlier this week, Mnuchin wrote to Neal that he would handle the request instead of the IRS commissioner, emphasizing that the request has an "unprecedented nature". But I think these raise very, very complicated legal issues.

Calling Neal's new deadline an "arbitrary" date, Mnuchin said the Democrats' request could set "enormous precedent in potentially weaponizing the IRS". "People expect the rule of law to work smoothly, but that" s not always the case".

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The increasingly embattled United States president has claimed through spokespeople and through his own tweets that his tax returns can not be released because they are "under audit", although no such legal stipulation exists, according to U.S. tax law, cited by multiple sources. By withholding his tax returns, Trump has not followed the standard followed by presidents since Richard Nixon started the practice in 1969.

The president has long maintained he will not release his returns while under audit. Cohen said the president feared that releasing his returns could lead to an audit and IRS tax penalties. And after the November midterm elections, Trump claimed at a news conference that the filings were too complex for people to understand.

The House Democrats' asked that the returns be turned over to the members of Congress.

The issue appears sure to end up in federal court. "Please know that if you fail to comply, your failure will be interpreted as a denial of my request", Neal writes.

Neal has adopted a methodical approach to seeking Trump's returns.

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