The Washington Post reports:
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Monday told House Democrats he would not furnish President Trump’s tax returns despite their legal request, the latest move by Trump administration officials to shield the president from congressional investigations.
Mnuchin, in a letter to House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal (D-Mass.), said he had consulted with the Justice Department and that they had concluded that it would not be lawful for the Trump administration to turn over the tax returns because of potential violations of privacy.
A number of legal experts have said it would be unprecedented for Mnuchin to refuse to turn over the tax returns, as the power for lawmakers to seek the returns is written explicitly in a 1924 law.
We always knew this would end up at SCOTUS.
With the right paperwork, Mnuchin could be arrested in NYState if he goes there https://t.co/H7XsDv0Mrt
— Howard Dean (@GovHowardDean) May 6, 2019
Mnuchin says he won't turn over Trump's tax returns to Congress, citing legal advice from the Justice Department. But neither Treasury nor the Justice Department would furnish the legal opinion, and it appears at this time a formal opinion doesn't exist. https://t.co/8lpxPGkKVD
— Damian Paletta (@damianpaletta) May 6, 2019
The entire Trump administration is now just a huge criminal conspiracy to protect the crooked crime boss in the White House. Steve Mnuchin and William Barr and the rest should resign their government jobs and go work for Trump’s business instead. https://t.co/oKh90sCC9g
— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) May 6, 2019