JM Rieger @RiegerReport Video Editor, The Washington Post • [email protected] Mar. 01, 2019 5 min read

NBC News - The House Ways and Means Committee is readying a request for years of Trump’s tax returns.

It could be sent to the IRS as early as the next few weeks. 

A House aide tells NBC News it wants 10 years of Trump’s tax returns. 

Bill Pascrell has previously said he wants 15-20 years of Trump’s tax returns. 


Congressional Democrats likely to request 10 years of Trump’s tax returns, but the exact parameters of the request are still in flux, including whether to seek tax returns related to Trump’s businesses. 

Bill Pascrell tells Politico that Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal will send a letter to the Treasury Department requesting Trump’s tax returns in two weeks. 

57 percent of voters think Congress should investigate Trump’s tax returns, according to a new Quinnipiac University National Poll.

38 percent of voters do not think Congress should investigate Trump’s taxes. 

MNUCHIN on whether he will comply with a request to give TRUMP’s tax returns to the Ways and Means Committee:

"If I receive a request ... I will consult with the legal department within Treasury, and I will follow the law."

Section 6103 (f)(1) of the Internal Revenue Code says the treasury secretary “shall furnish” the tax return of any individual upon written request from the chairman of the Ways and Means Committee, the Senate Finance Cmte or the Joint Cmte on Taxation. 

The House Ways and Means Committee has sent a letter to the Internal Revenue Service requesting six years of President Trump’s personal and business tax returns 

Over the past two years, Democrats made 17 different attempts to obtain President Trump’s tax returns.

Here’s what the law says about the Treasury Department furnishing the tax returns of U.S. citizens to the three committees with jurisdiction. 

TRUMP on House request for his tax returns:

“I'm always under audit, it seems, but I've been under audit for many years because the numbers are big, and I guess when you have a name, you're audited. But until such time as I'm not under audit, I would not be inclined to do it.”

“Neal asked the IRS to send him the information requested by April 10. The one-week deadline fast-tracks a showdown that is certain to end up in the court.” 

NYT - Earlier this year, TRUMP asked MCCONNELL to prioritize a confirmation vote for his nominee to be the chief counsel of the IRS, indicating that it was a higher priority than voting on the nomination of William Barr as attorney general. 

The Senate confirmed the nominee, Michael Desmond, in Feb.

Desmond briefly advised the Trump Org. on tax issues before Trump took office.

Desmond also worked for a time alongside William Nelson and Sheri Dillon, who currently advise Trump Org on taxes. 

Reminder on IRS commissioner:

An attorney for President Trump on Friday told the Treasury Department it should not turn over the president’s tax returns until it receives a legal opinion from the Justice Department, calling on Treasury to deny Dem demands for 6 yrs of Trump’s records. 

Full letter

Treasury Department lawyers consulted with the White House general counsel’s office about the potential release of Trump’s tax returns before House Democrats formally requested the records, despite a law meant to limit political involvement in the process. 

MNUCHIN: “The Committee’s request raises serious issues concerning the constitutional scope of congressional investigative authority, the legitimacy of the asserted legislative purpose, and the constitutional rights of American citizens.”

House Democrats give IRS hard deadline of April 23 to turn over Trump tax returns, say administration’s concerns ‘lack merit’ 

Trump attorney William Consovoy:

"What if, during the height of the civil-rights movement, the Democrat-controlled House tried to intimidate African-American leaders by requesting their tax returns?”

Mnuchin says he won’t give Trump’s tax returns to Congress — all but ensuring a court battle 

Mnuchin rejects Democrats’ subpoena for President Trump’s tax returns 

In an interview with The Washington Post, BILL PASCRELL said MNUCHIN could be subject to a fine, contempt vote or even possibly jail time for ignoring what he said was the clear intent of the law.

“I would throw the book at these guys.” 

Pascrell says the country is not yet in a constitutional crisis but that such a crisis is becoming “clearer and clearer” with Mnuchin rejecting the Ways and Means Committee subpoena today. 

The Post has obtained a confidential IRS legal memo on the request for Trump’s taxes:

“[Section 6103 of the Internal Revenue Code] is mandatory, requiring the Secretary to disclose returns, and return information, requested by the tax-writing Chairs.” 

The 10-page confidential IRS legal memo on Trump’s taxes:

“[The law] does not allow the Secretary to exercise discretion in disclosing the information provided the statutory conditions are met.” 

The IRS says the memo was prepared last fall.

It does not reference Trump by name.

Who wrote the memo and who reviewed it could not be learned.

The memo is stamped “DRAFT” and it is not signed. 

When Democrats requested 6 years of Trump’s taxes, a letter was sent to the IRS commissioner.

The treasury secretary responded to the letter.

But if Treasury wants to enforce tax laws, it must give Congress 30 days notice that it is revoking IRS duties. 

DOJ on Trump’s taxes:

“[Mnuchin] correctly concluded the Committee’s asserted interest in reviewing the IRS’s audits of [Trump’s] returns was pretextual and that its true aim was to make the returns public, which is not a legitimate legislative purpose.” 

In an interview with The Washington Post last month, former CoS of the Joint Committee on Taxation George Yin argued that Congress may *not* need a legitimate legislative purpose under the Internal Revenue Code statute. 

"A key House Democrat said he’s consulting lawyers about whether to make public a complaint by a federal employee about possible misconduct in the Internal Revenue Service’s auditing of President Donald Trump.” 

Neal letter to Treasury from August:

“A Federal employee [set] forth credible allegations of 'evidence of possible misconduct'-specifically, potential 'inappropriate efforts to influence' the mandatory audit program" 

BREAKING: IRS whistleblower said to report Treasury political appointee might have tried to interfere in audit of Trump or Pence 

"It has not been revealed previously that the complaint pertained to allegations of interference in the audit process by at least one Treasury Department official. It has also not been previously revealed that the whistleblower is a career IRS official.” 

The Washington Post interviewed the IRS whistleblower last week, who confirmed he filed the complaint and sent it to the tax committee chairmen in Congress.

He would not comment on the complaint but focused on the importance of protecting whistleblowers. 

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