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Treasury denies Democrats’ request for Trump’s tax returns

Treasury denies Democrats’ request for Trump’s tax returns
Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin wrote that the request from the House Ways and Means Committee “lacks a legitimate legislative purpose.” (Andy Wong / Associated Press)

Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin has made it official: The administration won’t be turning President Trump’s tax returns over to the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives.

Mnuchin told Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard E. Neal (D-Mass.) in a Monday letter that the committee’s request “lacks a legitimate legislative purpose.”

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The move, which was expected, is sure to set in motion a legal battle over Trump’s tax returns. The chief options available to Democrats now are to subpoena the IRS for the returns or to file a lawsuit.

Neal originally demanded access to Trump’s tax returns in early April under a law that says the IRS “shall furnish” the returns of any taxpayer to a handful of top lawmakers, including the chair of the tax-writing Ways and Means Committee.

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