REPORT: Trump lawyer disputes Dem rationale for requesting tax returns

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BY TEAM DML / APRIL 15, 2019 /

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An attorney for President Trump wrote to the Treasury Department on Monday to push back against Democrats seeking to obtain the president’s tax returns, saying the request by a top lawmaker is not for any legislative purpose.

William Consovoy, who is representing Trump in the tax fight with Democrats, wrote to the general counsel of the Treasury to refute House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal’s (D-Mass.) argument from two days earlier that the panel is authorized by law to see a copy of the president’s returns from 2013 to 2018.

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“That it is limited to a single President, seeks tax information from before the President took office, asks no questions about IRS policy, and does not even wait for the IRS to finish its ongoing examinations (and any resulting appeals) reveals that Chairman Neal’s request is nothing more than an attempt to exercise constitutional authority that Congress does not possess,”Consovoy wrote in a letter to Brent McIntosh, general counsel at the Treasury Department.

Consovoy argued that Neal’s reasons for seeking Trump’s returns are inadequate and that “no one actually believes” that the committee chairman is seeking the documents for a legislative purpose. Lawmakers’ motives are relevant to their request, he added.

He also said that “Congress has no constitutional authority to act like a junior-varsity IRS, rerunning individual examinations or flyspecking the agency’s calculations.”

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