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Mnuchin Foresees Trump Tax Return Fight Heading to Court

© Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin leaves a Senate subcommittee hearing after testifying on the Treasury Department's budget on May 15, 2019.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin indicated he would not comply with a subpoena to hand over President Donald Trump’s tax returns, saying that the judicial branch will likely decide the dispute between Congress and the Trump administration.

“There’s a difference in interpretation in Congress and us and the Department of Justice,” Mnuchin told a Senate appropriations panel Wednesday. “That’s why there are three branches of government, so that if there’s a difference in opinion it can go to” a different branch to be resolved.

Mnuchin and IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig face a Friday deadline to hand over six years of Trump’s personal and business tax documents. House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal subpoenaed the documents last week after making several requests in April using a section of the tax code that gives the chairmen of the congressional tax committees the authority to request any tax return, including those of the president.


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