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House Democrats set hard deadline for Trump to cough up tax returns

House Democrats set hard deadline for Trump to cough up tax returns

"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".

Mnuchin took issue with Neal's characterization of the dispute as a straightforward issue in light of the law governing the matter. Mnuchin so far has only postponed responding to Democrats' request and said he would confer with the Justice Department, but not yet rejected it. "Those concerns lack merit".

The letter leans heavily into the committee's legal rational for the returns and Neal writes that, "I am aware that concerns have been raised regarding my request, and the authority of the committee".

Neal asked the IRS last Wednesday to turn over six years of the president's tax returns within a week.

In what is shaping up to be a bipartisan Capitol Hill standoff, Trump has declared that his tax documents "will never be handed over to Democrats", although laws covering the release of his returns unambiguously state that he is required to do so, if told to in writing.

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As Ways and Means chairman, Neal is the only lawmaker in the House of Representatives authorized to request individual tax information under a federal law that says that the Treasury secretary "shall furnish" the data. "We have people working on it diligently". Bernie Sanders returns to the friendly terrain of Wisconsin on Friday to kick off a swing through pivotal states that are part of the Democratic "blue wall" strategy for 2020.

Trump argues that he can not release his tax returns because they are being audited, but the IRS has said this is no impediment to their release.

Trump appears prepared to fight this to the Supreme Court.

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.

However, when April 10 came around, the IRS response came not from Commissioner Charles Rettig but from the Trump cabinet, in the form of a letter from Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin. If Rettig fails to do so, Neal said he will interpret as denying the request, which could pave the way for a court battle. Neal's request for the returns of a sitting president is unprecedented, and legal experts say its success or failure may depend on a court ruling about the committee's legislative goal for seeking the documents. "The legal implications of this request could affect protections for all Americans against politically-motivated disclosures of personal tax information, regardless of which party is in power". He claimed - and has continued to claim - that he could not make his tax returns public because they were under audit by the IRS.