Democrats give Trump 10 days to hand over tax returns

Democrats give Trump 10 days to hand over tax returns

Earlier this year, Trump personally pushed Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen to follow through on the plan, a source told CNN.

Neal argued the statute used in his request, Section 6103, was "unambiguous and raises no complicated legal issues that warrant supervision or review" by either the Treasury Department or the Justice Department.

"I am aware that concerns have been raised regarding my request and the authority of the Committee", House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal said in a letter to Internal Revenue Service Commissioner Charles Rettig after an initial April 10 deadline lapsed.

"We're apprehending thousands and thousands of people a day", he said, adding that current laws only allow those caught to be held in custody for 20 days.

"They want to investigate how the IRS audits presidents, but some of the info they requested has nothing to do with that".

Neal, a Massachusetts Democrat, is the only House lawmaker authorized to request taxpayer data from the Treasury, which oversees the IRS.

"Concerns about what the Committee may do with the tax returns and return information are baseless".

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Trump refused to release his tax returns during the presidential campaign, breaking decades of precedent where candidates for the White House voluntarily released their tax returns.

The transportation of migrants arrested at the border to large and faraway cities would be burdensome and costly at a time when Immigration and Customs Enforcement (Ice) is stretched thin, having released over 125,000 migrants pending their immigration court date since 21 December.

The issue appears sure to end up in federal court.

The No. 2 House Democrat, StenyHoyer of Maryland, criticized the idea of using ICE or any other federal agency "to penalize", or "for political reasons".

Neal gave the government until 5:00 pm on April 23 to hand over the tax records. Neal also could seek the returns through a subpoena. Mnuchin so far has only postponed responding to Democrats' request and said he would confer with the Justice Department, but he has not yet rejected it. They would then decide whether to release them publicly, but the political pressure among Democrats to do so would be high, as would the resistance among Republicans. But he also acknowledged his "statutory responsibilities" and that he respects congressional oversight. But Trump said Friday he was still considering the idea.

"My guess is majority don't do their own taxes, and I certainly don't trust them to look through the decades of success that the President has and determine anything", she said, adding that attempts to obtain the returns are "a disgusting overreach".

Neal said Saturday that the administration has no right "to question or second guess" his motivations. Neal's request for the returns of a sitting president is unprecedented, and legal experts say its success or failure may depend on a court ruling about the committee's legislative objective for seeking the documents. Mulvaney has tried to frame the issue of the president's taxes as old news, saying it was "already litigated during the election" and the American people "elected him anyway".

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