Trump's tax legal fight

Trump's tax legal fight

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, in a letter Monday, denied House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal's request for President Trump's tax returns, saying the request lacked a "legitimate legislative goal".

The progressive groups' call for action from the Democratic House came after Mnuchin sent a letter to Neal Monday evening rejecting the Ways and Means Committee's demand for Trump's tax returns, claiming the request does not "serve a legitimate legislative goal".

The White House and the Republican president's attorneys declined to comment on the deadline to turn over Trump's returns.

Neal said he "will consult with counsel and determine the appropriate response" to Mnuchin's stonewalling.

"The Department of Justice has informed us that it intends to memorialize its advice in a published legal opinion as soon as practicable".

House Judiciary Committee Chair Jerry Nadler (D-NY) begins a House Judiciary Committee hearing on "The Justice Department's investigation of Russian interference with the 2016 presidential election", that U.S. Attorney General Barr was scheduled to appear at, on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., U.S., May 2, 2019.

In Mnuchin's letter on May 6, he said that his decision had relied on the advice of the Justice Department.

"They know that they are not going to get this, they just want the attention on the issue because they don't want to talk to us about policy", he said. "If Trump once again faces only Republican silence and Democratic timidity, he will continue to erode our democracy by assuming more and more power".

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The move, which was expected, is sure to set in motion a legal battle over Trump's tax returns.

The Mueller report and Trump's taxes are central to the oversight efforts of six Democratic-led House committees that are probing the president, his associates and his presidency.

Congressional Democrats agitated for the president's tax documents.

Trump has privately made clear he has no intention of turning over the much-coveted records.

"Today's news increases the sense of urgency that Albany must act now to provide the House Ways and Means Committee with the president's state returns", Hoylman said on Monday, adding he has been discussing the bill with Rep.

The chairmen of the House Ways and Means Committee and the Senate Finance Committee have had the authority since 1924 to obtain the tax returns of any American, and the law stipulates that the Treasury secretary "shall furnish" the information once it is requested.

But his former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, told a House panel in February that he does not believe Trump's taxes are under audit.

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