Democrats give Trump 10 days to hand over tax returns


Trump has told reporters Wednesday at the White House he would not release his tax returns while he is under audit.

During the campaign, Trump said he wanted to release his returns but said because he was under a routine audit, "I can't".

In what is probably a much tougher tug-of-rope than House Ways and Means Committee Chair Richard Neal (D-MA) initially expected, the Trump administration is pulling out all the stops to prevent the House's request for the president's personal and business tax returns.

Legal experts say lawmakers could vote to hold administration officials in contempt of Congress, which would provide a basis for the House to ask a federal judge to order the Treasury Department to comply.

"Together, we are going to make sure that does not happen again", Sanders said to cheers. "My view has always been that we need a progressive tax system which demands that the wealthiest people in this country finally start paying their fair share of taxes", he continued.

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Calling Neal's new deadline an "arbitrary" date, Mnuchin said the Democrats' request could set "enormous precedent in potentially weaponising the IRS".

Mr Trump himself has claimed that he can not release his tax returns because they are under audit, although technically there is nothing preventing him from doing so.

Neal gave the government until 5:00 pm (2100 GMT) on April 23 to hand over the tax records. If Rettig fails to do so, Neal said he will interpret as denying the request, which could pave the way for a court battle. 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 goal for seeking the documents.

IL joins the 18-plus state legislatures that have, in the past two years, considered bills that would require the public release of tax returns for presidential candidates, an effort primarily aimed at Trump's refusal to release his returns.

Mulvaney asserted that since voters knew ahead of the 2016 election that Trump would not reveal his returns and then elected him anyway, the matter was "already litigated".