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House panel chairman gives IRS April 23 deadline on Trump taxes

House panel chairman gives IRS April 23 deadline on Trump taxes

In a letter Saturday, Neil informed the IRS commissioner he now has until April 23rd, to provide six years worth of the president's personal and business returns.

Trump lawyer William S. Consovoy argued this week that the order weaponizes the IRS for partisan purposes, and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said it "raises serious issues concerning the constitutional scope of congressional investigative authority".

"I am aware that concerns have been raised regarding my request and the authority of the Committee", Neal wrote.

The response by Rep. Richard Neal, the House Ways and Means Committee chairman, comes after the administration asked for more time to consider his initial request last week.

Mr Trump himself has claimed that he can not release his tax returns because they are under audit, although technically there is nothing preventing him from doing so. Antonio Muñoz, would require any candidate for president or vice president to release the most recent five years of their tax returns to have their name on the general election ballot.

But the IRS has said that he could release the returns even if they are under audit.

Mnuchin said that Treasury Department lawyers have been working "diligently" to research the issues involved and have been in contact with Justice Department attorneys. 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.




The president has told those close to him that the attempt to get his returns amounted to an invasion of his privacy and was a further example of the Democratic-led "witch hunt" - which he has called special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation - meant to damage him.

Neal gave the government until 5:00 pm (2100 GMT) on April 23 to hand over the tax records.

Trump appears prepared to fight this to the Supreme Court.

"Please know that, if you fail to comply, your failure will be interpreted as a denial of my request", Neal wrote to Rettig three days after Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said the administration would miss Neal's original April 10 deadline as he consulted with the Department of Justice. Neal also could seek the returns through a subpoena.

Earlier Wednesday, Trump weighed in, telling reporters that he won't agree to release his returns while he is under audit.

At congressional hearings, Mnuchin accused lawmakers of seeking Trump's returns for political reasons.

The request for Trump's tax filings is but one of many oversight efforts launched by Democrats after taking back the House in last fall's midterms.

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