05/22/2019 12:13 EDT
2019-05-22T12: 13- 0400  Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Wednesday rejected an internal IRS memo, which concluded that it is "mandatory" for the IRS to turn President Donald Trump's tax returns to Congress unless the President invokes executive privilege.
"I don't actually do believe that is the case, "he told the House Financial Services Committee in an independent hearing where he was repeatedly asked about his refusal to return Trump's return." This note I understand another problem and does not address the problem that we and the Ministry of Justice are sorry. "
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By rejecting House Ways and Means chairman Richard Neals (D-Mass.) Request for Trump's six-year return, Mnuchin said Treasury and Justice have concluded that there should be a "legal" legal justification for the request and that Neal does not have one.
The Washington Post reported on Tuesday that the draft IRS memo concluded that the Treasury Secretary's obligation to pass on return and return information would not be affected by missing taxation committees " to justify the request. The only reason [for] the agency's refusal to comply with a committee's application would be the invocation of the doctrine of executive privilege. "
Neal requested Trump's return in April and said the committee needed to know how the IRS performs its routine audits of presidential tax returns. He quoted a law as saying that the Treasury Secretary" should "reverse the tax return on request
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Mnuchin said he and IRS commissioner Chuck Rettig were "not aware of" the IRS note until the post was asked about it on Tuesday.
"We are trying to find out who wrote the note where it came from when it was and why it was not distributed, "he said.
Financial Services Chairman Ma xine Waters (D-Calif.) said she would ask the Secretary-General if Mnuchin should be held contempt of congress not to give lawmakers documents they have requested.
Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-Mass.) Traveled the opportunity to say that Mnuchin seemed "illegal" in refusing to hand in the tax returns and other documents not specified by Lynch.
"We will take your question to general advisor and we will put it in writing" Waters told Lynch "and we will seek an answer from him or her about what our next step could or should be given as the way you have described what you think may be contempt based on what the law says. "
Mnuchin said Treasury has" tried to be responsive to the congress on hundreds if not thousands of requests for information. "
"We had another presentation from Richie Neal about what's happening on the taxes," Pelosi told reporters. "It's very clear – it's the country's law."
Aaron Lorenzo has contributed to this report.
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