Illinois Senate to Trump: No tax return, no spot on ballot

The legal implications of this request could affect protections for all Americans against politically-motivated disclosures of personal tax information, regardless of which party is in power...

Trump said, "I would love to give them, but I'm not going to do it while I'm under audit". Bernie Sanders returns to the friendly terrain of Wisconsin on Friday to kick off a swing through pivotal states that are part of the Democratic "blue wall" strategy for 2020.

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. Cohen said the president feared that releasing his returns could lead to an audit and IRS tax penalties.

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

Mnuchin had told Neal this past week that he needs more time to consider the unprecedented demand for Trump's returns and needs to consult with the Justice Department about it.

Trump's position has always been that he is under audit and therefore could not release his returns.

In recent weeks, Trump has said that the American people elected him without seeing his taxes and would do it again. "If you've got nothing to hide, you shouldn't worry about anything, That's how I see it", said state Sen. "Frankly, the people don't care".


Democrats didn't expect the department to comply, but they haven't sketched out their next steps.

Mnuchin took issue with Neal's characterization of the dispute as a straightforward issue in light of the law governing the matter. 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.

Mnuchin said he thought Neal was just picking arbitrary deadline and he refused to speculate how the administration would proceed if the issue goes to court.

The Democrats gained control of the House of Representatives in mid-term elections a year ago, empowering them to launch investigations into Mr Trump's administration and business affairs.

The response by Rep. Richard Neal, the House Ways and Means Committee chairman, comes after the administration asked for more time to consider his initial request last week.

Mnuchin told lawmakers that his department will "follow the law", but he hasn't shared the department's interpretation of the statute.

U.S. President Donald Trump awaits the arrival of Egypt's President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi to the White House in Washington, U.S., April 9, 2019. The president's outside attorney also did not respond to a request for comment.


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