"I do intend to follow the law". "I don't think anyone is really taking it as a serious proposal". "There are constitutional issues", Mnuchin told reporters on the sidelines of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank spring meetings in Washington.
Additionally, Mnuchin did not say whether the Treasury Department would complete it's legal review of the request by the April 23rd deadline. "Those concerns lack any merit", Chairman Richard Neal (D-MA) wrote.
"It is not the proper function of the IRS, Treasury, or Justice to question or second guess the motivations of the committee", Neal writes in his letter.
On Monday, lawmakers in NY proposed a bill that would allow the commissioner of the state's Department of Taxation and Finance to turn over state tax returns if requested by certain congressional committees. Others claim asylum and wait just as long, living and working in the U.S.as they wait.
Asked repeatedly at a House hearing Tuesday whether any regulation prohibited a taxpayer from disclosing returns when under audit, Rettig responded "no".
"Due to the fact that Democrats are unwilling to change our very unsafe immigration laws, we are indeed, as reported, giving strong considerations to placing Illegal Immigrants in Sanctuary Cities only", Trump tweeted.
According to Neal, the Supreme Court has given Congress the okay to conduct investigations even if those investigations are "broad".
"Concerns about what the Committee may do with the tax returns and return information are baseless".
President Donald Trump said on Friday that he is strongly considering releasing "illegal immigrants" into Democratic strongholds to punish congressional foes for inaction on the border - just hours after White House and Homeland Security officials insisted the idea had been rejected as fast as it had been proposed.
The Trump administration is dealing with an ever-increasing number of Central American migrants crossing the U.S. -Mexico border that has pushed the immigration system to the breaking point.
In what is shaping up to be a bipartisan Capitol Hill standoff, Trump has declared that his tax documents "will never be handed over to Democrats", although laws covering the release of his returns unambiguously state that he is required to do so, if told to in writing.
"We're simply not going to allow Colorado's public safety to be held hostage to the Trump administration or any administration", Polis said at the time the suit was filed.
"Even if Ways and Means had a legitimate committee objective for requesting the President's tax returns and return information, that goal is not driving Chairman Neal's request", he wrote.
Last month, the commander in chief ordered the stopping of aid to South America's "Northern Triangle"-Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala-after criticizing them for failing to stem the tide of their citizens leaving in droves to get into the United States illegally".
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