Mnuchin on solid ground in withholding Trump tax returns: Justice Department

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Solid reasoning. If they take it to court the Dims will eventually lose.


U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin did not violate the law by refusing to provide President Donald Trump’s tax returns to Congress because the confidentiality of returns is protected under the law, the Justice Department said in a legal opinion released on Friday.

Federal law “protecting confidentiality of tax returns prohibited the Department of the Treasury from complying with a request by the Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee for the president’s tax returns,” a department official said in the opinion provided to the Treasury Department.


The memorandum from Assistant Attorney General Steven Engel, who heads the Office of Legal Counsel, supports the position already taken by the Treasury Department. It is likely to draw fire from Democrats in Congress who have argued the legal reasoning is misguided.

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“While the Executive Branch should accord due deference and respect to congressional requests, Treasury was not obliged to accept the committee’s stated purpose without question, and based on all the facts and circumstances, we agreed that the committee lacked a legitimate legislative purpose for its request,” Engel wrote.
 
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Solid reasoning. If they take it to court the Dims will eventually lose.


U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin did not violate the law by refusing to provide President Donald Trump’s tax returns to Congress because the confidentiality of returns is protected under the law, the Justice Department said in a legal opinion released on Friday.
Federal law “protecting confidentiality of tax returns prohibited the Department of the Treasury from complying with a request by the Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee for the president’s tax returns,” a department official said in the opinion provided to the Treasury Department.
The memorandum from Assistant Attorney General Steven Engel, who heads the Office of Legal Counsel, supports the position already taken by the Treasury Department. It is likely to draw fire from Democrats in Congress who have argued the legal reasoning is misguided.
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“While the Executive Branch should accord due deference and respect to congressional requests, Treasury was not obliged to accept the committee’s stated purpose without question, and based on all the facts and circumstances, we agreed that the committee lacked a legitimate legislative purpose for its request,” Engel wrote.
So says Trump lapdog Billy Barr. Here we go folks. Another instance the Trump misAdministration thinks its above the Tea Pot Dome law on political corruption. smh.
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26 U.S. Code § 6103
shall means mandatory
 
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In this case, Ways and Means Chairman Richard Neal didn’t give a valid reason, Mr. Engel concluded.

“We concluded that the secretary reasonably and correctly found that the committee lacked a legitimate purpose for seeking six years of the president’s tax information,” he wrote.

Mr. Neal, in requesting six years of returns from Mr. Trump and some of his core business and charitable entities, said he wanted to review whether the IRS was living up to its internal guidance that requires the president be audited each year.

Mr. Mnuchin has said Mr. Neal could learn that without having to see the president’s tax returns. He has suspected more nefarious purposes behind the demand.

Indeed, some Democrats have said they want to see the president’s returns because they’re convinced they will find embarrassing information or even indications of criminal conduct in the documents.


DOJ says IRS was right to shield Trump tax returns from Congress
 
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Mr. Engel said the law’s broad powers must be read in context.

He said that while one part says the information “shall” be turned over, another part of the same section of tax law says tax information is generally considered protected and Congress must state a valid reason for wanting the information.
 
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So says Trump lapdog Billy Barr. Here we go folks. Another instance the Trump misAdministration thinks its above the Tea Pot Dome law on political corruption. smh.
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26 U.S. Code § 6103
shall means mandatory
Mr. bull,

You do realize that Robert Barr is the Attorney General, head of the Justice Department, and has nothing to do with the Treasury Department, right?

See, that is what happens when you rely on MEMEs to do your thinking for you. Live by the platitude, die by the platitude, as it were.