Steve Mnuchin appears on Fox News (screen grab)
Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin has just informed the chairman of the House Way and Means Committee he will not release President Donald Trump's tax returns, despite a clear law requiring the IRS to abide by the request.
In Secretary Mnuchin's letter, he calls the request "unprecedented," and claims – falsely, according to legal experts – the request "presents serious constitutional questions," and Treasury is "not authorized."
But former U.S. Attorney Joyce Vance makes clear: Mnuchin does not have a choice:
@samstein 🔥🔥🔥 The statute says “shall” - it does not give Mnuchin discretion when the Chair of Ways & Means makes the request.— Joyce Alene (@Joyce Alene) 1557180172.0
Here's Mnuchin's letter:
BREAKING: Steve Mnuchin just refused to turn over President Trump's tax returns to Congress https://t.co/tRrhae7ooQ— Citizens for Ethics (@Citizens for Ethics) 1557179273.0