But in the letter, Mr Neal told IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig: "None of the concerns raised can legitimately be used to deny the committee's request". "Those concerns lack merit". Neal had requested six years of Trump's personal and business tax returns. 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.
Lawyers in Trump's employ ignored an initial April 10 deadline for the release of the president's tax returns, even as Democrats scrambled for new ways to prove that they could begin impeachment proceedings, according to multiple reports. Mnuchin so far has only postponed responding to Democrats' request and said he would confer with the Justice Department, but not yet rejected it.
Mnuchin, who has consulted with the White House and Department of Justice about Trump's tax returns, said earlier this week that Neal's request raised concerns about the scope of the committee's authority, privacy protections for USA taxpayers and the legislative goal of lawmakers in seeking the documents. There is no prohibition on releasing returns to Congress or the public while under audit. Neal is relying on a 1920s-era law that says the IRS "shall furnish" any tax return requested by the chairmen of key House and Senate committees. It's another early step in a battle between the Trump administration and congressional Democrats over access to Trump's business and financial dealings, with the dispute likely to end up in court. "That really doesn't pass the laugh test in the current political climate when we know the president may have something to hide from the American people".
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However, " The Dark Knight Rises " reference is different because of how the film has been appropriated by the alt-right. Trump shared the video, which contained the track " Why Do We Fall " from Hans Zimmer's score for the Batman film.
The issue appears sure to end up in federal court.
Neal extended the deadline to April 23 for Rettig to provide the requested information and that failure to comply would be seen as a "denial of my request". 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.
William Consovoy, whose firm was retained by Trump to represent him on the matter, has written the Treasury's general counsel and said the congressional request "would set a unsafe precedent" if granted and that the IRS can not legally divulge the information. Neal has argued that the committee needs Trump's tax information in order to conduct oversight of the Presidential audit program, a program that is not enshrined in law, but instead has become a routine procedure at the IRS that when a new President comes into office.