The House's Democrats set a tough deadline for the Trump administration on April 23 to pass on President Trump's tax returns, furthering US Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin's skepticism represses demand for private documents of the President.
Richard E Neal (D-Mass.), Chairman of Parliament's Committee on Aid and Means, sent a two-page letter to IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig on Saturday rejecting Mnuchin's statement that the Treasury Department is missing this week The first deadline of the House Democrats on April 10 for the return.
Mnuchin's concerns "lack of merit," Neal wrote.
Neal's recent letter prepares the conflict between Congress and the White House as lawyers have suggested that following a complete denial of their request by Mnuchin, subpoena or lawsuit might follow in federal court. Mnuchin has so far only postponed the response to the Democrats' demand and said he would consult with the Ministry of Justice, but have not yet rejected it.
"Please note that your failure will be interpreted as disrespect if you do not comply with my request," reads Neal's letter.
Earlier this month, Neal wrote to the IRS and called for six years of President's personal tax returns, which Trump had rejected to release the last decades of precedents for candidates for the White House. In his letter, Neal argues that the IRS has a "clear legal obligation" to convert the tax returns in accordance with Section 6103 of the Tax Code, which states that the Minister of Finance should "petition" a congressional committee with tax supervision. Congress Republicans and Trump's personal attorney, William S. Consovoy, have argued that the Democrats' demand risks using the IRS for partisan political gains, and Consovoy called it a "gross abuse of power" related to serious issues the constitutional investigative power of the Congress.
Mnuchin revealed in Congressional reports that White House lawyers consulted with the Treasury Department on Trump's tax returns
questioning or guessing the motivations of the committee, "Neal writes in his letter The concerns raised can legitimately add to this [Neal] lawyers have carefully written their correspondence with the Ministry of Finance to improve their chances of winning a subsequent lawsuit, and some legal experts have speculated that Neal may be trying to improve his case by waiting for a direct refusal before fending off further threats.
"At some point it is obvious that there will be nothing disappointing and at that point you take further steps," said George K. Yin, Professor of Law at the University of Virgin ia, who served as Chief of Staff of the Joint Tax Committee in an interview earlier this week. "My passion is not yet."
Read the full letter from Neal