According to the US law, “Upon written request from the chairman of the Committee on Ways and Means of the House of Representatives, the chairman of the Committee on Finance of the Senate, or the chairman of the Joint Committee on Taxation, the Secretary shall furnish such committee with any return or return information specified in such request,” which means that Congress has a right to request and obtain president Trump’s tax returns.
However, US Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin on Friday missed a deadline to comply with the request again, for the fourth time. The first request was initiated more than a month ago and then there were three deadlines set and missed (April 10, April 23, May 6) and a congressional subpoena issued on May 10.
Richard Neal, Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, set a deadline for Mnuchin to hand over the requested documents, which was Friday 5:00 PM, and a few minutes before it he got a letter from the Treasury Secretary, saying that Treasury Department “is not authorized” to provide Congress with president’s tax returns as the request “lacks a legitimate legislative purpose.”
In response to that statement Neal said that. “the law, by its terms, does not allow for discretion as to whether to comply with a request for tax returns and return information.”
According to the US media reports, the case is “headed for a potential lengthy court battle,” which may last months or even years.
Natalia Veselnitskaya – official website