The Guardian reports that White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney said that Democrats in Congress will “never” see Donald Trump’s tax returns.
When Richard Neal (D-MA) asked the Internal Revenue Service for six years of Trump’s personal tax returns and the returns for some of his businesses, Mulvaney’s said the Democrats were engaging in a “political stunt.”
“That is not going to happen and they know it,” Mulvaney told Fox News on Sunday.
Neal asked for Trump’s returns from 2013 to 2018 in a letter to IRS commissioner Charles Rettig. He also gave Rettig an April 10 deadline. Neal s one of three officials allowed to request tax returns. A 1924 statute gives no exceptions to Neal’s authority to ask for returns and says that the treasury “shall furnish” them when they are requested.
Mulvaney said the law allows lawmakers to review tax returns but Democrats “knew they are not going to get [Trump's] taxes”.
“They know what the law is,” he said. “They know that one of the fundamental principles of the IRS is to protect the confidentiality of you and me and everybody else who files taxes. They know that.
“They know the terms under law by which the IRS can give them documents but a political hit job is not one of those reasons.”
Dan Kildee, a member of the tax committee, replied. “This is a legitimate authority that the Congress has,” he said. “This president, by the way, is the least transparent president we’ve had in half a century.
“It is not up to President Trump, it is not up to some lawyer that President Trump hires, to determine whether” his tax returns can be asked for, Kildee said. “This is not an autocracy. The president does not get to decide for himself and for Congress what a legitimate subject of inquiry might be.”
One of Trump’s attorneys said the request “would set a dangerous precedent.” The attorney said the IRS can’t legally give out the information.
Trump said he wouldn’t release his returns because he’s under audit. “When you’re under audit you don’t do it,” he said.
The IRS has clarified that taxpayers under audit are allowed to release their returns.
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