Internal Revenue Service legal memo asserts that Trump’s tax returns must be given to Congress unless he invokes executive privilege.

By |2019-05-22T06:15:23-08:00May 22nd, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , |5 Comments

Courtesy of WaPo:

A confidential Internal Revenue Service legal memo says tax returns must be given to Congress unless the president takes the rare step of asserting executive privilege, according to a copy of the memo obtained by The Washington Post.

The memo contradicts the Trump administration’s justification for denying lawmakers’ request for President Trump’s tax returns, exposing fissures in the executive branch.

Trump has refused to turn over his tax returns but has not invoked executive privilege. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has instead denied the returns by arguing there is no legislative purpose for demanding them.

But according to the IRS memo, which has not been previously reported, the disclosure of tax returns to the committee “is mandatory, requiring the Secretary to disclose returns, and return information, requested by the tax-writing Chairs.”

The 10-page document says the law “does not allow the Secretary to exercise discretion in disclosing the information provided the statutory conditions are met” and directly rejects the reason Mnuchin has cited for withholding the information.

My understanding is that the tax returns from before Trump was elected cannot be protected by executive privilege because he was not the executive when they were filed.

Personally, I love watching Trump learn in real time the limits of his powers and the ability of the other branches of government to provide oversight to his presidency. 

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5 Comments

  1. Anonymous May 22, 2019 at 2:35 pm

    I bet he will invoke executive privilege to keep them secret, if that’s what it takes. He’s absolutely hiding something. Probably a lot of somethings.

  2. anonymous May 22, 2019 at 2:44 pm

    https://www.rawstory.com/2019/05/trumps-financial-records-could-be-released-within-seven-days-cnn-reporter/

    He also said the scope of the investigation was also worthy, that Congress had the right to investigate whether there was foreign leverage, financial leverage over the president and whether his company was engaged in any money laundering.”

    “How quickly do you think they’ll be released?” asked Blitzer.

    “Well, under an agreement that they had before today’s ruling, there are seven days,”

  3. Anonymous May 22, 2019 at 10:45 pm

    I don’t believe executive privilege pertains to tax returns. Yet another impending lawsuit.

    Oh, please. Let this come before Merrick Garland too.

  4. Anonymous May 23, 2019 at 7:57 am

    https://www.huffpost.com/entry/trump-finances-deutche-bank_n_5ce61237e4b0db9c2992d226

    “So far, I think the president would be wise to come to the realization that our legitimate areas of inquiry are going to be supported by the courts,” Representative Dan Kildee, a Michigan Democrat and member of the House Ways and Means Committee, told Reuters

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