DOJ Releases Legal Opinion Backing Mnuchin’s Refusal To Release Trump’s Tax Returns

(Gateway Pundit) – The Justice Department on Friday released a 33-page legal opinion backing Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin’s refusal to release the last six years of Trump’s tax returns.

“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,” Steven Engel, an assistant attorney general in DOJ’s Office of Legal Counsel, said in the 33-page opinion, reported The Hill.

Last month, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin rejected a subpoena from House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal (D-MA) asking for Trump six years of President Trump’s personal and business tax returns.

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin last month formally rejected House Democrats’ request for President Trump’s tax returns.

Mnuchin told House Ways and Means Chairman Richard Neal in a letter that his committee’s request for Trump’s tax returns “lacks a legitimate legislative purpose.”

“Out of respect for the deadlines previously set by the Committee, and consistent with our commitment to a prompt response, I am informing you now that the Department may not lawfully fulfill the Committee’s request,” Mnuchin said last month, citing legal guidance from the Department of Justice.

The Justice Department’s legal opinion backs Mnuchin which means the Democrats will get nothing and like it.

Flashback: Mnuchin Holds His Ground As Dem Lawmaker Grills Him About Confidential Draft IRS Memo Leaked To WaPo

Steve Mnuchin said on Wednesday that the Treasury is looking into who penned and leaked the confidential draft IRS memo that found Trump must provide his tax returns to Congress unless executive privilege is asserted.

A confidential IRS draft memo that was leaked to the Washington Post and published Tuesday evening, says President Trump must turn over his tax documents to Congress… unless he invokes executive privilege.

A copy of the 10-page memo, which was obtained by the Washington Post, says 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 memo was reportedly penned by a lawyer in the Office of Chief Counsel several months ago and did not represent the agency’s “official position.”

The mystery memo is stamped “DRAFT,” does not reference Trump and it wasn’t even signed, but as expected, the Democrats are using it to argue against the DOJ’s and Mnuchin’s stance against handing Trump’s tax returns over to Congress.

Rep. Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) grilled Mnuchin about the IRS memo that was probably penned by an Obama holdover with the intent to stir up trouble.

Mnuchin held his ground and repeatedly reminded the Democrat lawmaker that there are three separate branches of government.

At one point Mnuchin actually told Rep. Wexton that she had interpreted the memo incorrectly. OUCH.

“We’re trying to find out who wrote the memo, where it came from, when it was and why it wasn’t distributed,” Mnuchin added.


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