White House pushes back on request for Trump tax forms

White House pushes back on request for Trump tax forms

United States President Donald Trump gestures after making remarks and answers questions from the media as he departs the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, on April 10, 2019.

The White House on Sunday, echoing President Donald Trump, said sending undocumented migrants to sanctuary USA cities that have protected them from deportation remains a possibility even though government agencies have said it would be impractical and there is no money allocated to do it.

Miller, a former congressional aide whose title is senior policy adviser, has played a central role in the Trump administration's aggressive and controversial immigration policies since its earliest days - helping to orchestrate the 2017 executive order that barred travelers from seven countries and suspended refugee admissions.

Rettig nor Mnuchin - Tuesday, that testified before two House panels - could say flatly on whether to discharge Trump's tax filings, that of them would make the decision.

Mnuchin said Neal's request raised important questions of "constitutional scope of congressional investigative authority, the legitimacy of the asserted legislative goal, and the constitutional rights of American citizens".

Last week, The Washington Post reported that the White House had considered a plan to release migrants into sanctuary cities as a way to put pressure on Democratic politicians.

President Donald Trump is pictured walking to Marine One.

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"T$3 he House Oversight Committee is not a miniature Department of Justice, charged with investigating and prosecuting potential federal crimes", the letter said.

They have now sought his tax returns.

"Due to the fact that Democrats are unwilling to change our very unsafe immigration laws, we are indeed, as reported, giving strong considerations to placing Illegal Immigrants in Sanctuary Cities only", the president said on Twitter.

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 need a law. That excuse hasn't cut it for some Democrats, as the Ways and Means Committee has requested that the IRS turn over the tax returns of the president and several of his businesses. "Please know that if you fail to comply, your failure will be interpreted as a denial of my request", Neal writes. And he said that concerns about what the committee might do with the information in the president's tax returns were "baseless".

Trump has repeatedly refused to publicly release his tax returns or send them to Congress.

The White House did not respond as to if the president asked Mnuchin or even the IRS head to intervene. 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.