Joyce Vance explains why Congress gave Mnuchin 'enough rope to hang himself' before suing to get Trump's taxes
Joyce White Vance testifies before the House Judiciary Committee (C-SPAN/screen grab)

Former U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance on Tuesday explained why the Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee waited weeks to file a lawsuit after Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin refused to obey the law and hand over President Donald Trump's tax returns.

On Tuesday, Chairman Richard Neal (D-MA) announced that his committee is suing the Treasury department which failed to produce six years of Trump's tax returns.

The lawsuit comes after Mnuchin rejected a request for the president's tax returns in May.

In a tweet on Tuesday, Vance noted that courts are not designed for "instant gratification."

"[Chairman] Neal took time to get the govt’s position locked in, giving Mnuchin enough rope to hang himself & establishing there’s no legitimate legal basis to w/hold Trump taxes," she wrote. "Lawsuits aren’t on an instant gratification timeline, which is frustrating but important to understand."