US Treasury to “Follow the Law” on President Trump’s Tax Returns

US Treasury to “Follow the Law” on President Trump’s Tax Returns

US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Tuesday that his department intends to “follow the law” and is reviewing a request by a Top House Democrat to provide President Trump’s tax returns to lawmakers.

Secretary Mnuchin also revealed that Treasury Department lawyers have talked to the White House counsel’s office about the question of releasing President Trump’s returns, telling lawmakers that the consultations occurred before the request arrived last week.

Secretary Mnuchin said the conversations were “purely informational” and he has not been briefed on their content.

He told a House panel that he personally has not had any communications with the president or his top staff about the department’s decision on whether to provide President Trump’s tax returns under a nearly 100 year old understanding that says the Treasury Department “shall furnish” them when requested.

“It is our intent to follow the law and that is in the process of being reviewed,” Secretary Mnuchin told a House Appropriations subcommittee with responsibility for his budget.

Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney said in a Sunday TV interview that lawmakers will “never” see President Trump’s returns.

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