On the Hill with Doug Christian
Washington – Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin testifies before the House Appropriations Committee:
Additionally, Mnuchin wrote a letter to the House Ways and Means Chairman, Richard Neal (D-Mass.), informing him that he will not meet today’s deadline (set by Neal) to release six years of President Donald Trump’s tax returns.
Mnuchin says he needs more time to review the request. “Given the seriousness of these issues, which bear no connection to actual tax administration, we have begun consultation with the Department of Justice to ensure that our response is fully consistent with the law and the Constitution,” Mnuchin writes.
Chairman Neal asserts his right to request the returns under Internal Revenue Code section 6103(f), to ask for any tax return from anybody from the IRS.
Section 6103 of the code states:
“Upon written request from the chairman of the Committee on Ways and Means of the House of Representatives, the chairman of the Committee on Finance of the Senate, or the chairman of the Joint Committee on Taxation, the Secretary [of the Treasury] shall furnish such committee with any return or return information specified in such request.”
Neal’s written response indicates the House Ways and Means Committee isn’t going away. Neal writes in reply, “I received a letter this evening from Secretary Mnuchin related to my request to the IRS commissioner. The department has decided not to allow the IRS to comply with my request by the April 10 deadline.” Neal concludes: “I will consult with counsel and determine the appropriate response to the commissioner in the coming days.”
Doug Christian, Capitol Hill