Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has made it official: The administration won’t be turning President Donald Trump’s tax returns over to the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives.
The Democrats are not happy that the Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has blocked them from getting access to President Trump’s tax returns. Mnuchin said that the House of Representatives lacks “legitimate legislative purpose.” Mnuchin relied on advice from the Justice Department while making the decision.
“As you have recognized, the Committee’s request is unprecedented, and it presents serious constitutional questions, the resolution of which may have lasting consequences for all taxpayers,” the letter read.
“The Department of Justice has informed us that it intends to memorialize its advice in a published legal opinion as soon as practicable. Out of respect for the deadlines previously set by the Committee, and consistent with our commitment to a prompt response, I am informing you now that the Department may not lawfully fulfill the Committee’s request,” the letter read.
President Trump has repeatedly said he will not turn over his tax returns because he is under audit. He also added that he was elected once without showing his tax returns so he will do it again. There is no law that requires him to show his returns. However, it has been something presidents have voluntarily done. But all other presidents have been government officials before they became president, unlike Trump. So we can understand that if you are being paid by citizens the accountability for that salary would be different.
Source: Treasury Secretary Mnuchin denies House Dem’s request for Trump’s tax returns