President Trump’s tax returns will never be handed over to Democratic lawmakers, White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney said Sunday, defying an effort in Congress to learn more about the real estate billionaire’s personal finances.
Asked on TV Sunday if congressional Democrats will succeed in obtaining the Republican president’s tax returns, Mr. Mulvaney said: “No, never. Nor should they.”
He dismissed an effort to obtain the returns, launched Wednesday by US House of Representatives tax committee Chairman Richard Neal, as a political ploy from Democrats who will never stop attacking President Trump.
“Democrats are demanding that the IRS turn over the documents. That is not going to happen, and they know it. This is a political stunt,” Mr. Mulvaney said.
An attorney for President Trump Friday blasted House Democrats’ request for 6 years of Trump’s personal and business returns as “a misguided attempt” to politicize the tax laws, accusing lawmakers of harassment and interference in IRS audits.
In a statement that mapped out the legal battlefield ahead, President Trump’s lawyer William Consovoy said the request filed by Mr. Neal flouts “constitutional constraints.”
As a Presidential candidate in Y 2016, President Trump broke with a long standing practice of making his tax returns public and continues to refuse to release them as President, while retaining ownership in many enterprises, ranging from golf courses and hotels and other properties.
If Congress takes The Administration to court over President Trump’s taxes then little case law would be available to help guide judges, legal experts said, both because the statute cited by Mr. Neal to obtain the returns has hardly ever been contested, and because most document disputes between the legislative and executive branches of government are resolved by negotiation.
The losing party could appeal, ultimately to the Us Supreme Court.
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