After the Treasury Departments IRS refused to provide Trumps tax return, the Democrats did not give up.
According to CBS News, Richard Neill, the chairman of the House Fundraising Committee and a Democrat, issued a new deadline for the IRS on April 13: to provide President Trumps tax return before Tuesday, April 23, 17:00 local time, otherwise it would be considered a refusal of Congressional demands.
I know there are concerns about my request and the authority of the committee, Neil wrote to IRS Commissioner Charles Rettich. These concerns are meaningless.
According to article 6103 of the U.S. Federal Tax Act, three members of Congress, including the chairman of the House Fundraising Committee, have the right to receive tax information from anyone, if necessary.
Neil also said that the House Fundraising Committee is consulting the Justice Department to determine whether it is constitutional and other laws to require Trumps tax returns to be made public.
According to previous media reports, Neil wrote to the IRS on March 3, asking him to provide the Trump tax form within a week. U.S. Treasury Secretary Mnuchin wrote to Neil on the 10th that Trumps tax information would not be submitted on the specified date, and the Treasury Department would have to consult with the Justice Department to give a response. In view of the unprecedented requirement, the Ministry of Finance will be fully responsible for the matter rather than the IRS. Mnuchin also said that the request had touched on the constitutional powers of Congress to investigate and supervise.
It is reported that Neils request is the first time in 45 years that the House Fundraising Committee has asked the IRS for information on the tax affairs of the incumbent president.
Trump also said publicly on the 10th that although he was willing to hand in his tax form, he would not publish his tax form because his tax information is currently being audited.
During the 2016 presidential campaign, Trump also refused to disclose tax information on the grounds of being audited. After last years mid-term elections, Trump again refused to make his tax form public because it was too complicated for the public to understand. He was also the first U.S. president to refuse public tax returns in more than 40 years.
According to U.S. media analysis, if the IRS does not submit Trump tax information on schedule, Neil will probably issue a subpoena, or go to court, when the two sides will start a long legal battle.
Source: Global Network Responsible Editor: Shi Jianlei_NBJ11331