Illinois Senate to Trump: No tax return, no spot on ballot

14 April, 2019, 00:09 | Author: Kara Nash
  • Open this

According to a report from the Washington Post, House Ways and Means Committee Chair Richard E. Neal (D-MA) on Saturday submitted a letter to the IRS demanding President Donald Trump's tax returns - with a firm deadline of April 23.

But in the letter, Mr Neal told IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig: "None of the concerns raised can legitimately be used to deny the committee's request".

Neal, D-Mass., argues that a 1920-era law saying the IRS "shall furnish" any tax return requested by Congress "is unambiguous and raises no complicated legal issues" and that the Treasury Department's objections lack merit.

"I am aware that concerns have been raised regarding my request and the authority of the Committee", Neal wrote.

In a letter to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), House Ways and Means chairman Richard Neal said failure to comply with the new deadline would be interpreted as a denial of request.

In that letter, Mnuchin also questioned the scope of Congress's investigative authority and Neal's stated reason for the request - that he wants them to insure that the IRS is properly auditing presidents. Neal asked for Trump's personal and business returns from 2013-18. He said that he was under audit and didn't intend to turn anything over until that process had been completed.

The president has told those close to him that the attempt to get his returns were an invasion of his privacy and a further example of the Democratic-led "witch hunt" - which he has called special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation - meant to damage him. "People expect the rule of law to work smoothly, but that" s not always the case". "Lo and behold, we have Donald Trump's tax returns here in the state of NY and we can provide them to Congress if the IRS, if the Treasury Department won't".

Trump appears prepared to fight this to the Supreme Court. With an eye to a legal challenge, Neal told Rettig that he has two weeks to respond - by 5 p.m. on April 23.

Neal also wrote that concerns about the committee's access to the returns were "baseless".

Trump has said repeatedly throughout the 2016 presidential campaign and his presidency that he can't make public his tax returns because he is under audit.

William Consovoy, whose firm was retained by Trump to represent him on the matter, has written the Treasury's general counsel and said the congressional request "would set a risky precedent" if granted and that the IRS can not legally divulge the information.



Holland Park: Police open fire on auto racing towards Ukrainian embassy
It said police were called and quickly blocked the suspect vehicle, but the driver hit the ambassador's auto again. The man, who was not injured, has been taken to a central London hospital as a precaution.

Aviciis fingerprints literally across entirety of new song
The track was produced by Avicii (legal name: Tim Bergling ), Albin Nedler and Kristoffer Fogelmark . Avicii's first posthumous production, " SOS " with Aloe Blacc , is here.

Two of Nintendo's Biggest Exclusives Will Soon Be Getting Labo VR Support
The VR kit comes in different packages including Toy-Con bird, Elephant, and wind pedal, etc. It's a good option for kids and families who want to dive in to the full experience.

White House cheers worldwide court decision to drop Afghanistan war crimes probe
They also noted that there was evidence of violations committed by Taliban and forces that supported the Afghan government. Human Rights Watch said it dealt "a devastating blow for victims who have suffered grave crimes without redress".

Yankees' Severino shut down 6 weeks with lat strain
Severino was shut down in spring training due to his shoulder and has not pitched yet this season. Severino has been on the injured list since early March with rotator cuff inflammation.

European Union extends Brexit deadline to October 31
The Government has ruled out holding another referendum, saying voters made their decision in 2016. Pro-Brexit government ministers could resign, increasing pressure on May to quit.

Watch the First Trailer for 'Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker' Here
The pilot's hands in black leather gloves hint this could be her longtime nemesis Kyloe Ren, son of Han Solo and Princess Leia. With that being said, we could still meet Rey's parents in the upcoming movie, even if they're really just nobodies.

Cricketer Alex Hepburn found guilty of rape after WhatsApp 'sexual conquest game'
Hepburn told jurors he had drunk up to 20 bottles of beer before the woman instigated what he had believed was consensual sex. Sky News reports that Hepburn covered his face, slumped in his chair, and sobbed after the verdict was handed down.

Malaysia, China agree to resume rail project after slashing cost
It is not a new agreement or contract, but an improved deal, he said at a press conference at the Malaysian embassy. I also hope that the two sides can resume the project construction as soon as possible, " he told reporters.

Zach Johnson Accidentally Hits Ball on Practice Swing at the Masters
The 43-year old was not assessed a penalty and the shot did not count as a stroke as Johnson had no intention to hit the ball. When he took the tee box on No. 13, Johnson sat two shots above the cut line.