Mnuchin Acted Properly When Withholding Trumps Tax Returns From Congress: IG

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and other treasury officials were cleared in the decision to withhold President Donald Trumps tax returns from Congress by acting Treasury Inspector General (TIG) Richard Delmars office.

The probe into the matter was triggered by House Ways and Means Chairman Richard Neal (D-Mass.), who requested it after Mnuchin declined to provide six years of the presidents personal tax returns, along with some business returns.

“Based on the interviews conducted and review of relevant emails, TIG found Treasurys receipt, processing, and responses to Chairman Neals requests for records and subpoenas to be consistent with Treasurys general process for handling Congressional correspondence and requests to include Secretary Mnuchin supervising the matter,” the report (pdf) of the probe stated.

Mnuchin in May rejected Neals subpoena for Trumps tax returns, asserting the demand lacked “a legitimate legislative purpose.”

The Department of Justice backed Mnuchin, saying that because the confidentiality of tax returns is protected under the law, Mnuchin did not violate the law in refusing the subpoena.

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Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin (left) speaks with Rep. Richard Neal (D-Mass.), the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, prior to testifying on the presidents FY2020 budget proposal before the House Ways and Means Committee, on Capitol Hill, on March 14, 2019. (jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)

Neals committee didnt immediately respond to a request for comment.

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