Worldwide

READ: DOJ Releases Opinion Justifying Refusal To Give Trump's Tax Returns

READ: DOJ Releases Opinion Justifying Refusal To Give Trump's Tax Returns”

The Justice Department released an Office of Legal Counsel opinion late Friday afternoon providing an explanation for why it believes that Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin can not comply with a House request for President Trump's tax returns.

"The Chairman's request that Treasury turn over the President's tax returns, for the apparent goal of making them public, amounted to an unprecedented use of the Committee's authority and raised a serious risk of abuse", the opinion said.

The 33-page opinion from the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel argues that the committee's chairman, Rep. Richard Neal, D-Mass., wanted to make the president's tax returns public and because of that plan, the request was not to carry out a legitimate legislative function.

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", Engel wrote. Engel said that Mnuchin was right to say this was not a legitimate legislative objective.

The Justice Department's backing of Treasury's refusal to provide the president's tax returns is likely to further tensions between congressional Democrats and Attorney General William Barr, whom they've accused of trying to stonewall Congress' constitutional oversight power.

But the agency concluded that Congress can't give itself the right to compel information that does not serve a legitimate legislative objective, and that Neal's request was "pretextual".

Legal analysts have said Mnuchin's move would be highly unusual, and some House Democrats have said they expected to take legal action to get a court to intervene. Trump repeatedly has claimed that his tax returns are complicated, and he has maintained that he will not release them while they are under audit by the IRS.

"As I explained in my May 6 letter to the Committee, the Department of the Treasury (the Department) has consulted with the Department of Justice concerning the lawfulness of the Committee's unprecedented request", Mnuchin said.

The OLC acknowledges that a law does not require Neal to state a goal when requesting tax returns.

"Under the facts and circumstances, the Secretary of the Treasury reasonably and correctly concluded that the Committee's asserted interest in reviewing the Internal Revenue Service's audits of presidential returns was pretextual and that its true aim was to make the President's tax returns public, which is not a legitimate legislative objective", Engel wrote in his letter, which was submitted to the Treasury Department's general counsel.



Like this

loading...
loading...

Latest


15 June 2019
Juventus have reached an agreement with Chelsea to appoint Maurizio Sarri
Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri is closing in on exit after agreeing to terms with Serie A outfit Juventus , according to the Sun . Zola is not in the frame to be the Blues' next manager either, with the role set to go to Frank Lampard .

15 June 2019
Visa, Uber and PayPal Will Back Facebook's Crypto Asset
A source familiar with the matter told the Block that the company is aiming to attract 100 members in the governing consortium. More information about the cryptocurrency could be released in a white paper next Tuesday, according to reports.

15 June 2019
Riot Games gender discrimination investigation being carried out in California
At the time of the walkout, Riot said it planned to change its internal policies so employees did not lose the right to sue and were not forced into arbitration.

15 June 2019
Australia approves Adani's controversial coal project
According to the StopAdani movement, it will increase maritime traffic over the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area by 500 more coal ships annually, for six decades.

15 June 2019
India readies retaliatory duties on 29 USA goods
India is by far the largest buyer of U.S. almonds, paying $543 million for more than half of U.S. almond exports in 2018, U.S. When India first announced these tariffs on June 20 past year , it included Harley Davidson motorcycles.

15 June 2019
Shortage of Blood Donations Highlighted on World Blood Donor Day
You would not expect a debt to be paid in blood, yet that is exactly what Dunedin student Elizabeth Yarnall plans to do. Note: Even though donating blood is healthy, we still recommend a healthy diet and exercise to help keep you on track.

15 June 2019
Chelsea board agrees to bring forward plans of emotional Lampard return
Significantly, Chelsea have not asked for the suspension to be put on hold until a final decision is reached. Lampard would bring Chelsea academy graduate Jody Morris and former coach Chris Jones with him from Derby.

24 May 2019
Upcoming Online Slot Releases
Look out for Temple of Nugdes! Ancient Fortunes: Zeus Here is one last upcoming game, this time from the prolific Microgaming. This is mixed with a whole bunch of bonus features and extras, making for what will be a very popular game once it goes live.

06 March 2018
Not Eligible for NEET? Apply for AIIMS MBBS 2018 before March 05
The good news, however, is that these clauses are not amongst the eligibility requirements for AIIMS MBBS 2018 Registration. All the appearing candidates will be divided into four groups evenly, to appear in the exam according to these four shifts.

09 December 2017
How to work during a trip and all make it up?
In this article, we will share with you a few writing tips: Plan ahead Travel and constant movement exhaust our creative energy. And even better, if you set yourself as a rule not to leave your home until you do the basic business of the day.