House Democrats give IRS an extension to provide Trump tax returns

Lester Mason
April 14, 2019

Whether or not the IRS has to release President Donald Trump's tax returns remains "far from clear", according to at least one tax policy expert.

FILE - President Donald Trump speaks to members of the media on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, before boarding Marine One helicopter, Wednesday, April 10, 2019.

"The Committee's request raises serious issues concerning the constitutional scope of Congressional investigative authority, the legitimacy of the asserted legislative goal, and the constitutional rights of American citizens", Mnuchin wrote.

"Even if Ways and Means had a legitimate committee objective for requesting the President's tax returns and return information, that goal is not driving Chairman Neal's request", he wrote.

Sanders says Trump is "absolutely and should be calling out" Omar and that Democrats should, too.

Earlier this month, Neal formally requested the last six years' worth of President Trump's tax returns, citing what's been dubbed a "little-known provision" in tax code to do so. Democrats argue that 6103 requests are made all the time and are routinely handled through the IRS, not under the supervision of the treasury secretary.

"We know that President Trump called the former Homeland Security secretary, Kirstjen Nielsen, and she told him that her legal team reviewed it; simply not legal", he said, and asked "So, how can you continue to push this?" "I would just emphasize this is a decision that has enormous precedence in terms of potentially weaponizing the IRS". "People expect the rule of law to work smoothly, but that" s not always the case". But he said he has not personally discussed the issue with Attorney General William Barr. "There are constitutional issues", Mnuchin said.

Trump declined to provide his tax information as a candidate in 2016 and as president, something party nominees have traditionally done in the name of the transparency.

Families being held at the border are already going through a hard process and for them to be dropped off wherever the Trump administration wants is "incredibly inappropriate and really dehumanizing", Garza said. There is no prohibition on releasing returns to Congress or the public while under audit.

The issue appears sure to end up in federal court.

Neal gave the government until 5:00 pm (2100 GMT) on April 23 to hand over the tax records. Neal also could seek the returns through a subpoena.

According to The Hill, Mnuchin plans to consult with the Justice Department to determine how the IRS is to handle the matter. But he also acknowledged his "statutory responsibilities" and that he respects congressional oversight.

For some reason, however, the Democrats in charge of these sanctuary jurisdictions expressed outrage at Trump's proposal.

Scott acknowledged the president's frustration over a lack of progress on addressing the influx of migrants, but said the administration had to comply with the law.

Nadler, who has been one of the top Democrats in Washington pushing for a full release of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report into possible collusion between the 2016 Trump campaign and Russian Federation, has feuded with Trump for more than 30 years, according to Rolling Stone magazine.

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