Trump says he won't deliver tax returns to Congress

Trump says he won't deliver tax returns to Congress

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and House Financial Services Chair Maxine Waters probably won't be exchanging holiday cards this year after things got a little tense during the Treasury secretary's testimony on Tuesday.

Mnuchin did not indicate how his department would respond to the request, saying he meant to "follow the law", while defending Trump's right to keep his tax returns private.

That comment seemed to confuse Mnuchin, who did not know whether Waters was ending the hearing.

Mnuchin thought he could outsmart Waters, by getting testy, trying to play a mind game and then having the audacity to tell the senior top Democrat how to do her job and when to bang her gavel. The IRS is part of Treasury.

President Donald Trump will travel to Minnesota on Monday, the April 15 tax filing deadline. Once the tax returns are out, reporters could find something that the IRS missed.

"I think the fact that there was any communication with the White House about this is deeply troubling and certainly violates the spirit of the law, if not the letter of the law and I think we need to get to the bottom of this", she said.

Donald Trump is the only president since Nixon to refuse to do so, but Congress does have one law at its disposal.

Trump suggested that "frankly, the people don't care" whether they see his tax returns, noting that he won in 2016 with the same audit issue and that he has released a 104-page summary of his assets and values.

But congressional Democrats signaled concern with any White House involvement in the process at all, with Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., saying the White House should be not be playing any role in the release of tax records.

But many legal experts agree that this law is intentionally open-ended, meaning Congress still needs a legitimate legislative goal to make that request. Another bill, the New York Truth Act, would require the disclosure of state tax returns for eight statewide elected officials in New York, including the U.S. President and Vice President if they file taxes in the state. 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. "That's really hard to predict", Hemel said.

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Democratic lawmakers in NY this week introduced legislation that would make President Donald Trump's state income tax returns public - the latest step in a battle over details that the President has long refused to release.

Both Rettig and Mnuchin are Trump appointees. No law prevents a taxpayer from releasing returns that are under audit. Mnuchin said the conversations were "purely informational, " and he has not been briefed on their content. White House officials similarly would not offer more information about the discussions.

Trump told reporters at the White House that "I would love to give them, but I'm not going to do it while I'm under audit". These arguments have been echoed in House hearings by congressional Republicans. Fellow Democrat Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia echoed Wyden, urging Rettig to respond to the request for the president's tax returns "without any interference by the Treasury Secretary" or the White House. Trump's private attorneys have asked Treasury to deny the request as well.

While tax returns sometimes expose something marginally embarrassing, most are "far too boring for anyone to look at", University of Iowa law professor Andy Grewal tells Fortune.

Regardless of those risks, past presidents released their tax returns while in office.

Trump has given a range of explanations for why he has not released his tax returns.

Trump's recently appointed lawyer, William Consovoy, appears to have taken the first approach in his April 5 letter to the Treasury in which he claims Neal's request "flouts" numerous "fundamental constitutional constraints".

"I believe, based no our personal interaction, Senator, that you have a pretty good read on me as a person and I'll leave it at that", Rettig responded to Wyden bluntly. "I think the law is clear on this matter".