Mnuchin, IRS commissioner refuse subpoena for Trump tax returns

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig rejected a request by Dems in the House Ways and Means Committee for President Trump’s tax returns.

Rep. Richard Neal subpoenaed Mnuchin and Rettig last week in a follow-up request for Trump’s tax information. As chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, Neal can, by law, request tax information for individuals, businesses, or organizations.

Mnuchin sent a letter to Richard Neal on Friday afternoon, saying he refuses Neal’s subpoena and that he will provide a memo from the Justice Department at some point in the future outlining the administration’s legal argument.

According to Washington Examiner, Mnuchin and Trump’s lawyers have argued that Neal’s request lacks a legitimate purpose, while Neal has said the information is necessary to determine whether the IRS is following its stated guidance of auditing sitting presidents, and whether that applies to Trump’s businesses.

Neal’s next step will likely be a lawsuit against Mnuchin and Rettig for failure to comply with the law and his committee’s subpoena. That would open up another legal front in an ongoing struggle between House Democrats and the Trump administration over the president’s financial information.

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