Hard deadline set to release Trump tax returns

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The law states that three people: the House Ways and Means chairman, the head of the Joint Committee on Taxation and the Chairman of Senate Finance can ask for anyone's personal tax information for their committee's use. The move is very likely to put off a massive legal battle involving Democrats controlling the House and the Trump administration.

Trump weighed in, telling reporters he won't consent to discharge his yields while he is under audit earlier Wednesday. The IRS has already missed the April 10 deadline Neal set in his initial request.

As Trump continues to rely on acting secretaries and reportedly guts the Homeland Security Department of career officials, Miller has stepped in to fill the void on directing and influencing immigration policy.

Congressional Republicans have condemned Neal's request as a political fishing expedition by Democrats, while the White House has said the documents will "never" be turned over.

Sanders said it was one of many options on the table, though she hoped the solution would be for Congress to work with the president on comprehensive immigration reform.

Speaking to CNN's "State of the Union", Scott said he did not know if transporting immigrants to these jurisdictions was legal or illegal, and he suggested the president could be bluffing: "I mean maybe he's just saying this to make everybody insane, make everybody talk about it on their shows".

Neal reacted cautiously and is expected to have a fuller response later this week after consulting with House lawyers.

"Concerns about what the Committee may do with the tax returns and return information are baseless", he said, giving the administration until 5:00pm (21:00 GMT) on April 23 to hand over the tax records.

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Could take decades to resolve extending outside of the 2020 presidential election.

Trump has repeatedly refused to publicly release his tax returns or send them to Congress.

Trump said, "I would love to give them, but I'm not going to do it while I'm under audit". Trump maintained which the figures are too complicated for individuals to understand.

Trump administration spokesmen say Neal's request will be considered but hold out little prospect that the returns will be turned over to the committee.

Neal argues that the language in the law unambiguously mandates the IRS to provide the tax returns to the committee upon request, that the IRS can not legally question the committee's goal, and that "concerns about what the committee may do with the tax returns and return information are baseless".

"T$3 he House Oversight Committee is not a miniature Department of Justice, charged with investigating and prosecuting potential federal crimes", the letter said.

Democrats blasted the proposal as a political stunt that used human beings as pawns.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Saturday said he has "not personally spoken" to Attorney General William Barr about a congressional request made by Neal for Trump's tax returns. "We shall inspect the petition and we will stick to the law... and now we will protect the president as we would protect any taxpayer" about their right to privacy, Mnuchin said.