President Donald Trump says he would not tend to submit his tax return in response to a request by a chairman of the committee. (April 3)
The acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney promised Sunday that Congress Democrats would never see President Donald Trump's return statements and characterized their attempts to make copies of the return as a "political stunt".
Last week, Richard Neal, the home-country president, requested D-Mass., The IRS to hand over six-year Trump's tax returns by April 10. Neal referred his authority to request a return under a law that states the Treasury Department "must disclose" the committee "any return or return information" on request.
Mulvaney said in an interview on "Fox News Sunday" that Democrats "knew they would not get these taxes" and that "one of the basic principles of the IRS is to protect the confidentiality of you and me and everyone else who submits taxes. "
Democrats" know the legal provisions by which the IRS can give them the documents, but political hit jobs are not one of the reasons, "Mulvaney said.
"To be clear do you think Democrats will never see the president's tax returns?" Host Bill Hemmer asked Mulvaney.
"Oh, no, never, or not," Mulvaney replied. He said the push for Trump's treasures was driven by hatred to the president as he called "Trump derangement syndrome."
"If they don't get what they want in the Mueller report, they'll ask about the taxes. If they don't get what they want on tax, they'll ask for something else" Mulvaney said. He said the issue of Trump's tax returns "was already being prosecuted during the election."
"Voters knew that the president could have given his tax returns, they knew he didn't, and they chose him anyway, which is, of course, what the Democrats did crazy," Mulvaney said.
During the campaign, Trump said he could not release his tax returns because he was under review and that he would release them when the audit was completed. He has repeated this position since joining. Friday, during his visit to the American-Mexican border, Trump said, "I'm reviewing. When you're under review, you don't."
IRS officials have said taxpayers under review are free to release their returns.
In his statement announcing the request for Trump's return, Neal said that one of the main motives of the committee was to ensure that "audits are carried out fully and appropriately" and that "the IRS carries out its responsibilities." about politics, not politics, "Neal said," was in no way based on feelings of moment or partisanship ".
Trump lawyer Jay Sekulow said on Sunday at ABC's "This Week" that the request lacks a required "legitimate legitimate purpose" and accused Democrats of trying to "use the IRS as a political weapon".
On Friday, Trump's lawyers sent a letter to the Secretary-General of the Ministry of Finance, emphasizing the importance of protecting taxpayers' privacy and claiming that the return of the proceeds would "set a dangerous precedent". "Gross abuse of power": Trump's lawyer blasts demand for return, seeking delay
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Rep. Dan Kildee, D-Mich., Sitting at the House Ways and Means Committee, contested that argument in an interview Sunday.
"It's certainly not a Pandora's box," said Source on ABC's "This Week." He said Congress exercised its "legitimate authority" to oversee "the least transparent president we've had for half a century."
"He's broken precedent by not releasing his tax returns," Kildee said. "We wouldn't have to go through this exercise if he had simply done what he had promised to do."
"This is not an autocracy. The president does not himself and Congress decide what a legitimate investigation might be," he said.
Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, said Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press", which he would like "The president follows and shows his return."
But he called the Democrats' efforts to get the return "moronic" and said it wouldn't happen.
"Courts should not say that you can force someone to run for office to release their tax returns. So he will win this victory," Romney said.
"I think the Democrats are just playing with their handbook," he said.
Contributing: Associated Press
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