By The Blaze. The House Ways and Means Committee issued subpoenas to obtain six years of President Donald Trump’s taxes after Treasury Secretary Mnuchin denied their request on Monday.
Committee Chairman Richard Neal (D-Mass.) issued a subpoena to Mnuchin and also to Internal Revenue Service Commissioner Charles Rettig.
Mnuchin had first denied the request by saying he was going to ask for guidance from the Department of Justice, and then said that the committee’s request did not have the proper rationale for a “legitimate legislative purpose.”
Critics of Mnuchin say that he’s thumbing his nose at the oversight duty of Congress, while others say Democrats are overstepping their bounds with a politically motivated demand. (Read more from “Democrats Escalate Battle Over President Trump’s Taxes — Here’s What They Just Did” HERE)
Key House Democrat Issues Subpoenas for Trump’s Tax Returns
By CNN. House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal has issued subpoenas for President Donald Trump’s tax returns, the committee told CNN on Friday, an escalation in the fight for the President’s personal financial records and the latest step this week in Democrats’ battle for information from the Trump administration.
Neal sent subpoenas to both IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin. A Treasury spokesman confirmed to CNN it has received Neal’s subpoena request.
Neal, who has unilateral subpoena power, took the step days after the Treasury Department formally denied Neal’s request for six years of the President’s personal and business tax returns earlier this week.
While Neal did not need a subpoena to eventually move to court, he issued the subpoenas on the advice of House counsel whom he consulted throughout the process about how to build the strongest legal case. (Read more from “Key House Democrat Issues Subpoenas for Trump’s Tax Returns” HERE)