Just days after Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin announced that he would not comply with a House of Representatives' summons to write to President Trump's tax bill, a confidential draft Washington Post IRS memo called disclosure "mandatory," unless President asserts his executive privilege
MNUCHIN SAYS HE DOES NOT COME WITH TEMPLATE FOR TRUMPS TAX RETURN
The newspaper published the 10-page memo, in which Trump is not mentioned by name but apparently exerts new pressure on the administration.
Mnuchin opposed House Democrats' call for Trump's tax returns on the grounds that such a claim had "no legitimate legislative purpose" and that his department "did not disclose the requested returns and return information".
Richard Neal, chairman of the Ways and Means Committee, a Massachusetts legislature, insisted that the committee review the effectiveness of IRS mandatory audits of the tax declarations of all current chairpersons. This is one way to justify his claim that the panel has one pursued a potential legislative purpose.
However, the IRS document states that the law "does not allow the secretary to disclose the information in its sole discretion provided that the legal conditions are met" and rejects it directly. The reason cited by Mnuchin for the restraint of the information.
"[T] The secretary's obligation to disclose returns and return information would not be influenced by the failure of a tax writing committee to give a reason for the request." and adds that the "sole basis for the Agency's refusal to hear a committee summoned would be to invoke the doctrine of executive privilege."
the failure of a tax scrutiny board to … give a reason for the request.
HOUSE DEMOCRAT SUBPOENA'S MNUCHIN, IRS FOR TRUMP'S TAX RETURN
The newspaper said the IRS draft entitled "Access to Congress on returns and return information" posed not the "official position" of the IRS. He was not signed.
The stalemate between Congress Democrats and the government should lead to a legal dispute. Trump reports that he is ready to fight until the case is brought before the Supreme Court.
The President reportedly compared the petition for obtaining his tax returns with Special Adviser Robert Mueller's inquiry into whether the Trump campaign collided with the Russians, and suggested his intention to harm him politically.
CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP Presidential election, claiming it was under control. Political candidates do not have to disclose their tax returns, although this is traditionally the case for all candidates.
Edmund DeMarche and The Associated Press of Fox News have contributed to this report.