WASHINGTON – Stephen Mnuchin, Secretary of the Treasury Department, said on Thursday that he would most likely block the request for Congress to receive President Trump's tax returns on grounds of confidentiality by establishing a potential legal battle if Democrats were to fulfill their plans to provide these documents.
During a periodic hearing before the Committee of the House of Commons, Mr. Mnukhin was asked by Democrats whether he believed Congress had the authority to gain access to tax declarations of American citizens in general and the President in particular. 19659002] Mnuchin told lawmakers that if requested, he would consult with the legal department of the Department of Finance and comply with the law. But he noted that the confidentiality of taxpayers, including the president, is of paramount importance.
The unclear provisions in the tax code, adopted after the scandal of the 1920s dome dome, argue that the Chambers and the Senate are writing taxes, committees have the right to demand information from the Internal Revenue Service taxpayer and states that "the secretary must to provide such commission with any return or return information specified in such request. "
Treasury officials have previously indicated that the nature of the request will determine whether the IRS law requires the return of taxpayers.
The House of Democrats argued that numerous requests for tax returns are made annually for administrative purposes and that Treasury officials never intervene in these cases. 19659002] "I do not know what ever was a request for a tax return from a selected official," said Mr. Mnuchin.
Representative Lloyd Doggett, Texas Democrat, who questioned Mr. Mnuchin on taxation, found
"What he said today was nothing more than a rumbling," said Mr. Doggett after the hearing.
Head, ways and means, the representative of Richard E. Neal from Mass. Staff collaborate closely with the Chamber's Chief Advocate, Doug Leed, to prepare documentation for the request in the coming weeks. But since Democrats are waiting for a legal challenge from the Ministry of Finance, he was extremely mothers even regarding his most important plans.
Democrats claim that the intentions of the law, in fact, support the request of the president's tax information, ] last month, a hearing took place, partly to support this interpretation. This, as they say, was born of the Warren G. Harding administration's "Maker's Dash" scandal and helped another congressional committee investigate Richard M. Nixon's tax positions in the 1970s.
do not require the chair to put forward a justification for this request, Democrats believe that it will help strengthen their case in the final legal struggle. In addition to public hearings, Mr. Neal asked other Chamber committees to give him his own reasoning why the documents relate to the work of the Congress.
But the advisory approach adopted by Mr Neal, a veteran Democrat who wants to impress Legislative agreements on the outbreak of control battles have caused the anger of liberal activists and some of his members who do not understand why he has not yet asked. They tried to push Mr. Neal to a longer list of requirements and to do so quickly – although their effect was uncertain.
Neal has repeatedly refused to answer key questions about what he will look for, including how old he will return to him, and whether he will try to get tax information about Mr. Trump's many businesses.
Even if Mr Niel's request is granted or he prevails in court, the information is unlikely to become public in the near future. The law says that he and his staff can only read confidentially the material. In order to make any information that it finds public, a separate voice of the "Ways and Means" Committee is required.
Senator Charles E. Grassley, Iowa Republican and chairman of the Finance Committee, also has the power to demand taxes lately, he suggested that if Mr Neil is pushed forward, he will most likely make an identical request. This would allow Republicans to be encouraged to record, in which the Democrats will be secretly reconsidered.