IRS Attorney Wrote Memo Stating That Mnuchin Must Turn Over Trump’s Taxes.

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Washington Post

“A confidential Internal Revenue Service legal memo says tax returns must be given to Congress unless the president takes the rare step of asserting executive privilege, according to a copy of the memo obtained by The Washington Post.

The memo contradicts the Trump administration’s justification for denying lawmakers’ request for President Trump’s tax returns, exposing fissures in the executive branch.

Trump has refused to turn over his tax returns but has not invoked executive privilege. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has instead denied the returns by arguing there is no legislative purpose for demanding them.

But, according to the IRS memo, which has not been previously reported, the disclosure of tax returns to the committee “is mandatory, requiring the Secretary to disclose returns, and return information, requested by the tax-writing Chairs.”

The 10-page document says the law “does not allow the Secretary to exercise discretion in disclosing the information provided the statutory conditions are met” and directly rejects the reason that Mnuchin has cited for witholding the information.”

Legal Eagles can read the ten page document here.

Gee, if only there were an enforcement mechanism….

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Throw Mnuchin in jail and show the lawless bunch that you mean business. Fight fire with fire. No more being nice, they certainly aren’t.

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Trump doesn’t play nice, so it’s time to stop playing nice. And the best way to start is start locking them up, Mnuchin, Barr, Trump Jr. and anyone else who refuses to respond to subpoena.