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IRS commissioner to face lawmakers on Trump tax returns

/ 07:33 PM April 09, 2019
IRS commissioner to face lawmakers on Trump tax returns

FILE – In this June 28, 2018, file photo, Charles Rettig listens during a Senate Finance Committee hearing on his nomination for Internal Revenue Service Commissioner on Capitol Hill in Washington. Rettig, asked by Democrats to deliver six years of President Donald Trump’s tax returns by Wednesday, April 10, 2019, will have his first appearance on Capitol Hill since last week’s request. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

WASHINGTON – IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig, asked to deliver President Donald Trump’s tax returns to a Democratic-controlled House panel, is facing off with lawmakers on Capitol Hill on Tuesday for the first time since last week’s request.

Rettig is sure to face questions from a House Appropriations Committee panel on the topic Tuesday afternoon.

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Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin squares off with lawmakers in the morning.

The White House has signaled it’ll fight the request.

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Last week, Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal, D-Mass., sent a letter to Rettig asking for six years of Trump’s personal and business returns by Wednesday, relying on a 1924 statute that says the Treasury Department “shall furnish” them when requested.

The IRS is part of Treasury.

But Acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney said on “Fox News Sunday” that lawmakers will “never” see Trump’s returns .

Trump has broken with tradition by not voluntarily releasing his tax returns. He routinely says — as he did Friday — that he’s under audit and therefore won’t release his returns.

But IRS officials have said that taxpayers under audit are free to release their returns.

Democrats want access to the returns as part of investigations into Trump’s business dealings and his campaign. Trump’s private attorneys have asked Treasury to deny the request as well. /gsg

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