It's deadline day for Trump's tax returns

Paul Waldman Trump’s tax return scam has taken yet another turn

The Trump administration will not meet an April 10 deadline issued by the House Ways and Means committee for President Trump's tax returns, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin wrote in a letter to Congress Wednesday.

"We would not ever ask for the White House's permission on this nor did they give us the permission", he said.

"We're late all the time, unfortunately", said Waters.

"It is being reviewed by the legal departments, and we look forward to responding to the letter", Mnuchin said.

Mnuchin had not previously revealed that the White House was playing any official role in the Treasury Department's decision on releasing Trump's tax returns.

See, the President Trump appointed advisor was upset that his testimony was taking too long-over three hours-and that he had a meeting to attend.

But, Mnuchin said Wednesday, "t$3 he legal implications of this request could affect protections for all Americans against politically-motivated disclosures of personal tax information, regardless of which party is in power".

Democrats say that a provision in the IRS service code enacted in 1924 requires the Treasury Department secretary to turn over returns to the chairmen of the congressional tax committees who ask for them for investigative purposes. "I believe you are supposed to take the gavel and bang it".

Trump says he can not release the tax returns because he is under audit, and the administration has put up a united front aimed at blocking the documents from being released.

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Financial Services Chairwoman Maxine Waters, D-Calif., citing a long list of Trump administration officials who have departed, pressed Mnuchin on whether he was anxious about being fired if he complied with the request.

Federal law allows the Ways and Means and Senate Finance committees and the Joint Committee on Taxation to ask the IRS for the returns of any filer, but some legal scholars say a request requires Congress to have a legislative goal, including general oversight.

But tax experts say the state returns won't contain the "bombshell" information Trump critics might hope to find. He said the department would likely respond by Neal's deadline but didn't say whether he would provide the returns as demanded.

Rettig said he hadn't been instructed not to comply with the request by anyone acting on the White House's behalf.

When asked by CNN if he had spoken Rettig in recent days, Mnuchin said, "I speak to the IRS commissioner regularly".

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin arrives to testify before a House Appropriations subcommittee during a hearing on Capitol Hill, Tuesday, April 9, 2019, in Washington. "And I have the gavel", she said.

The head of the IRS faced questions from politicians for a second day on his response to Neal's request.

"Consistent with its authority, the Committee is considering legislative proposals and conducting oversight related to our Federal tax laws, including, but not limited to, the extent to which the IRS audits and enforces the Federal tax laws against a President", the letter reads. "Ironically, the very reason that Trump says he won't hand over the information is one of the very reasons that Congress should rightfully be requesting that information".

Technically, there's nothing preventing Trump from releasing his tax returns now.

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