Mnuchin rejects Democrats’ demand for Trump’s tax returns
“In reliance on the advice of the Department of Justice, I have determined that the committee’s request lacks a legitimate legislative purpose, and pursuant to section 6103, the department is therefore not authorized to disclose the requested returns and return information,” Mnuchin wrote.
Neal, citing a statute that gives the chairman of House Ways and Means the authority to obtain any individual’s tax return, had demanded six years of Mr. Trump’s taxes, giving Mnuchin a deadline of Monday to comply. Mr. Trump’s personal attorney hadto Mnuchin in April that the Department of Justice should decide whether Mr. Trump’s tax returns could be disclosed to Neal.
Neal said in a statement Monday he would “consult with counsel and determine the appropriate response.”
Mnuchin told Neal the Justice Department will memorialize its advice in a legal opinion soon.