Just days after Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said he would not comply with a House Democrat subpoena for President Trump's tax returns, a confidential draft IRS memo obtained by The Washington Post called disclosure "mandatory," unless the president asserts his executive privilege .
MNUCHIN SAYS HE WILL NOT COMPLY WITH SUBMISSION FOR TRUMP'S TAX RETURNS
The paper published the 10-page memo that does not mention Trump by name, but appears to add new pressure to the administration. has been resisting the House Democrats' request for Trump's tax returns on the grounds that such a request "lacks a legitimate legislative purpose" and said his department would not "disclose the requested returns and return information."
Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal , and a lawmaker from Massachusetts, insisted that the committee is looking into the effectiveness of IRS mandatory audits of tax returns of all sitting presides
But the IRS document states that the law "does not allow the Secretary to exercise discretion in disclosing the information provided that statutory conditions are met" and directly rejects
"[T] The Secretary's duty to disclose return and return information would not be affected by the failure of a tax committee to state the reason for the request," it reportedly "
" [T] The Secretary's duty to disclose return and return information would not be affected by the
HOUSE DEMOCRAT SUBPOENAS MNUCHIN, IRS FOR TRUMP'S TAX RETURNS
The paper said the IRS said the draft memo – entitled "Congressional Access to Returns and Return Information" – did not represent the IRS's "official position."
The standoff between the Congressional Democrats and the administration is likely to lead to a court battle, with Trump reportedly indicating that he is ready to fight until the case reaches the Supreme Court.
The President reportedly likened the request to his tax returns to the Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into whether the Trump campaign colluded with the Russians, and suggested the effort was designed to politically damage him.
Trump declined to reveal his tax returns during the 2016 presidential election, claiming he was under audit. Political candidates are not required to disclose their tax returns, though traditionally all candidates do.
Fox News' Edmund DeMarche and The Associated Press contributed to this report