Democrats Set Final Deadline for IRS to Release Trump’s Tax Returns

White House considered releasing detained immigrants into ‘sanctuary cities’

White House considered releasing detained immigrants into ‘sanctuary cities’

"This is a risky, unsafe road and frankly, Chris, I don't think Congress, particularly not this group of congressmen and women, are smart enough to look through the thousands of pages that I would assume that President Trump's taxes will be", Sanders told "Fox News Sunday" host Chris Wallace.

As Ways and Means chairman, Neal is the only lawmaker in the House of Representatives authorized to request individual tax information under a federal law that says that the Treasury secretary "shall furnish" the data.

In a letter (pdf) to IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal wrote he will consider failure to comply by the new deadline as a refusal to his request.

He said "complicated legal issues" must be sorted out before he can meet an "arbitrary deadline". "These migrants are fleeing violence in their homeland and they deserve our support", Hancock said in a statement to Denver7.

Wallace pressed: "Will he tell the IRS not to release them though?"

Neal said his agency was consulting with the Justice Department to determine whether the request for Mr. Trump's tax returns is legal and constitutional. By withholding his tax returns, Trump has not followed the standard followed by presidents since Richard Nixon started the practice in 1969.

The increasingly embattled U.S. president has claimed through spokespeople and through his own tweets that his tax returns can not be released because they are "under audit", although no such legal stipulation exists, according to USA tax law, cited by multiple sources.

"Sanctuary city" is a broad term applied to jurisdictions that have policies in place created to limit cooperation with or involvement in federal immigration enforcement actions.

During his tenure at the Justice Department, Trump's former attorney general Jeff Sessions went after sanctuary cities, threatening to cut off their federal funding.

"Please know that, if you fail to comply, your failure will be interpreted as a denial of my request", he wrote. Mnuchin expressed a concern over releasing the returns because of the precedent it would set and the potential for this to be used for political attacks. But he also acknowledged his "statutory responsibilities" and that he respects congressional oversight. Some Treasury-watchers observe that Mnuchin's decision to consult with the Justice Department could suggest that Treasury lawyers believe Neal has a legal right to Trump's returns.

Democrats have said they will tackle immigration bills, possibly as soon as they return from their spring recess, and Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell has indicated an interest.

But on Saturday, he said the administration would respond by the revised deadline. Mulvaney has tried to frame the issue of the president's taxes as old news, saying it was "already litigated during the election" and the American people "elected him anyway". 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.

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