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Treasury says it will miss Democrats' deadline for turning over Trump tax returns, casts skepticism over demand



Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin said his department would not meet the Wednesday deadline set by Congressional Democrats to turn over copies of President Trump's tax returns, escalating a clash between the White House and Congress

Mnuchin said he was consulting with the Justice Department as to the constitutional questions raised by the Democrats request and appeared deeply skeptical of the lawmakers' intentions. He did not flatly reject the notion that he might eventually comply, but the letter suggested that Mnuchin would not hold himself to any timeline.

In a letter to the House Ways and Means Committee, Mnuchin wrote,

Mnuchin's letter appeared to closely follow the legal issues raised by Trump's lawyers in a letter last week in response to the demand made by Ways and Committee Chairman Richard E. Neal (D-Mass.). Even though Neal addressed his letter to Internal Revenue Service Commissioner Charles Rettig, Mnuchin said he would personally oversee the review.

House Democrats had requested the president's tax records from 201

3 to 2018, as well as information related to a trust that controls more than 100 other businesses in Trump's Empire. (19659007) Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin arrives to testify before a House Appropriations subcommittee hearing, Tuesday, April 9, 2019, on the Capitol Hill in Washington. (Patrick Semansky / AP)

"We have completed the necessary groundwork for a request of this magnitude, and I am sure we are within our legitimate legislative, legal and oversight rights, Mnuchin said Wednesday, "


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