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

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

Donald Trump's tax returns must be handed to House Democrats by 23 April, a leading committee chair said on Saturday.

In a two-page letter, Neal writes that he believes his committee is well within its rights to see the President's tax returns and that he expects a decision from the IRS within the next 10 days.

Democrats argue that IRS code 6103 allows Neal to ask for anyone's personal tax information for committee use, and that such requests are made routinely and handled through the IRS instead of the treasury secretary.

The letter leans heavily into the committee's legal rational for the returns and Neal writes that, "I am aware that concerns have been raised regarding my request, and the authority of the committee".

Trump has told reporters Wednesday at the White House he would not release his tax returns while he is under audit.

Neal asked the IRS last Wednesday to turn over six years of the president's tax returns within a week. "Moreover, judicial precedent commands that none of the concerns can legitimately be used to deny the Committee's request".

Mnuchin said that Treasury Department lawyers have been working "diligently" to research the issues involved and have been in contact with Justice Department attorneys. Rep. Lloyd Doggett, D-Texas, said in a statement that alluded to the 1924 statute that mandates the IRS provide any taxpayer's returns when asked by a handful of top lawmakers.

Mr Trump has claimed previously that he could not to release his tax returns because they were being audited by the IRS.

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The issue appears sure to end up in federal court.

Neal gave the government until 5:00 pm (2100 GMT) on April 23 to hand over the tax records.

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

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 unsafe precedent" if granted and that the IRS can not legally divulge the information.

In recent weeks, Trump has said that the American people elected him without seeing his taxes and would do it again.

At congressional hearings, Mnuchin accused lawmakers of seeking Trump's returns for political reasons.

Democrats want Trump's tax returns as part of their investigations of possible conflicts of interest posed by his continued ownership of extensive business interests, even as he serves the public as president.