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The Justice Department on Friday backed Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin in a battle with Congress over the release of President Donald Trump’s tax returns.

In a 33-page opinion, the head of the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel, Steven A. Engel, said a request made by the House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal on April 3 for Trump’s tax returns “raised a serious risk of abuse.”

“The Chairman’s request that Treasury turn over the President’s tax returns, for the apparent purpose of making them public, amounted to an unprecedented use of the Committee’s authority and raised a serious risk of abuse,” wrote Engel.

Neal, a Massachusetts Democrat, asked Mnuchin for the past six years of Trump’s tax returns as well as records from eight of his companies. One of his arguments was that the returns would serve a legislative purpose of some sort.

“This request is about policy, not politics; my preparations were made on my own track and timeline, entirely independent of other activities in Congress and the Administration,” Neal said.

He said in the request that he wanted to investigate the IRS’s policy regarding to auditing of presidents’ and vice-presidents’ tax returns.

Trump’s personal attorneys pushed back against the request, arguing Neal sought the tax returns for political reasons. And in a May 6 letter, Mnuchin rejected Neal’s request, calling it “unprecedented,” and saying it “presents serious constitutional questions, the resolution of which may have lasting consequences for all taxpayers.”

Neal responded to Mnuchin’s letter four days later by subpoenaing the Treasury Department.

Engel sided with Mnuchin, noting in his opinion that Neal was one of numerous Democrats to call for the public release of Trump’s taxes before the 2018 midterms.

“Committee Democrats remain steadfast in [their] pursuit to have [President Trump’s] individual tax returns disclosed to the public,” Neal said, according to Engel.

“Under the facts and circumstances, the Secretary of the Treasury reasonably and correctly concluded that the Committee’s asserted interest in reviewing the Internal Revenue Service’s audits of presidential returns was pretextual and that its true aim was to make the President’s tax returns public, which is not a legitimate legislative purpose,” Engel wrote in his letter, which was submitted to the Treasury Department’s general counsel.

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  1. Danny Lanning

    June 15, 2019 at 5:23 pm

    Hey Neal, why dont you kneel to our flag and bee a patriot instead of a socialist demon rat. Put your subpoena where it will never see light and pee-on-u


    June 15, 2019 at 5:39 pm

    lets make all the democrat tax returns for the last 10 years puplic

    • Rosemarie

      June 16, 2019 at 1:04 pm

      Great idea – we will see how quickly they change their mind! Can my imagine Hillary and Bill’s reaction to having their tax returns published? Of course, they won’t be honest, but there will be enough examples of their greed and lies.

  3. Mary Johnson

    June 15, 2019 at 5:43 pm

    The same Democrats calling for the President’s taxes returns are the same that have not been paying their taxes. The Democrats should be made to pay their taxes. If it were anyone else say the working class they would have took property and anything else to get those taxes.

  4. Mari Brenner

    June 15, 2019 at 5:44 pm

    How about you shut your bih, ignorant and stupid mouth and fo something constructive LIKE QUIT BECAUSE YOU SUCK!! Can it be they’re ALL STUPID ?? OMG!?

    • USJoeFreedom

      June 15, 2019 at 7:16 pm

      They aren’t stupid. They are evil communist actively working against our nation, rights, and sovereignty.

      • Madge

        June 18, 2019 at 3:58 am

        this is why God will still protect us the next election, Trump will be re-elected.

  5. John J Slavick

    June 15, 2019 at 6:00 pm

    He just keeps on winning along with the 2020 election.

  6. Kim D Lloyd

    June 15, 2019 at 6:10 pm

    Fuck all them damn Democrats what Trump done before being elected President Of The United States is his own business. I for one could care less about his tax returns. All I can tell you he is doing a great job keep it up Mr. President you got my vote again in 2020 “MAGA”

  7. Evangeline

    June 15, 2019 at 6:11 pm

    Evil Dems forever hunting for a crime to use against our fantastic duly elected president. That ought to be illegal!

  8. LOL

    June 15, 2019 at 6:18 pm

    Well here is another case where the Dems look like their logo.
    Donkeys, Jack Asses, Mules, or just Dumb asses.

  9. Pat

    June 15, 2019 at 6:50 pm

    Trump 2020!

  10. Steve

    June 15, 2019 at 7:01 pm

    Let’s see the tax returns of the NWO , liberal , communist , taxpayer fund thieves of the treasonous left dems & rinos . Oh that’s right , organized crime criminals are totally unable to provide a true tax statement !

    • Trina M. Macko

      June 15, 2019 at 7:10 pm

      LOL, let us also see all the tax returns and audit the incomes and wealth of the millionaires in Congress, Demonrats first, who are now millionaires on a $174,000 salary a year!

    • alex jacques

      June 15, 2019 at 7:15 pm

      Let’s all see Hillery’s taxes and Bill’s

      • JAIME.

        June 16, 2019 at 9:59 am


  11. Mark

    June 15, 2019 at 7:12 pm

    The more they push and torment President Trump the better he likes it. They will never win Trump has the Deplorable Army on his side.

  12. Bruce R. Tremmel

    June 15, 2019 at 8:28 pm

    Much like “catch and release” at our border doesn’t work. Fishing around in a sitting President’s personal and business taxes going back a decade is not on the “Do List for Congress, IRS, House or Senate, any or all committees!” Never when the express reason is stated by DEM Resistors” ” We have to get his taxes and find something or he will win the election. This has to be done or we can’t win back the Presidency??? Are you people that illiterate that you actually this is Constitutional or proper actions as “overseeing the Executive Branch? The stupid pills must be free or in the water of the Democratic water cooler in the House. Forest Gump made more sense than your rambling.. Idiots on display… Repeat repeat repeat….

  13. Phyllis

    June 15, 2019 at 9:27 pm

    He should agree right after they get the Clintons’, the Obamas’, and Pelosi, and Chuck’s returns! And Maxine’s to the list, too and then watch them back down!!!

    • JAIME.

      June 16, 2019 at 10:01 am


  14. Michael

    June 15, 2019 at 11:29 pm

    I love it! Trump just keeps on winning! Fuck all these Democrat traitor bastards!

  15. jerry N williams

    June 16, 2019 at 12:16 am

    Our President is like the Energizer bunny he keeps going and going and going. Awesome President!

  16. marie magee

    June 16, 2019 at 12:50 am

    President Trump 2020 MAGA

  17. Rawhide

    June 16, 2019 at 12:52 am

    I don’t want to see Trump’s tax returns, I want to see all the members of Congress tax returns. How did they go to Congress upper middle class and years later they are super rich millionaires? That’s what I want to know!

  18. wickedproxy

    June 16, 2019 at 1:31 am

    Hey Congress! How about you do YOUR job. You know, like writing bills and amendments to submit to the President for approval or veto. Let the IRS worry about Trump’s taxes and if he paid them or not. That’s THEIR job!

  19. Jeanette

    June 16, 2019 at 4:55 am

    The Hatch Act, comes to mind. If Kellyann is in being attacked for breaking it, then why aren’t the democrats, they abuse their power at every turn.

  20. mike dar

    June 16, 2019 at 7:40 am

    Hillary was out selling everything from Arms systems to Uranium… but a Republican woman talking about women’s shoes is a disaster.
    Frankly I thought when she said it I wondered again why Women are so fascinated with shoes and when Hillary was out selling and GETTING PAID for anything not nailed down I wandered with fascination why media gave Hillary every break.
    It seems the ‘Hatch Act’ can only be broken by a Republican… and even in women’s shoes!

  21. Ginny

    June 19, 2019 at 11:58 pm

    Why can’t the Democrats STOP wasting our hard earned
    TAX DOLLARS on this Gotcha dirt digging fest!
    Democrats are spending our money like running water on wasteful witch hunt Schemes, just trying to find something for the MSM to trash President Trump with Before the 2020 election!
    There should be laws against Congress for spending our tax dollars for their own political gains!!!
    Nancy Pelosi is the Main Mafia Leader in wasting our money!
    Everyone flood her office with calls Demanding Democrats stop spending our Tax Dollars for their own
    Political Gains!! It’s Abuse of the American People’s Money!
    I think I’ll stop paying my taxes until I see Democrats stop spending my money for their own personal interests! This crap of doing these investigations for the American People want to make me vomit! We are not so stupid to believe the Democrats Lies and Deceit !!

  22. Margie

    June 20, 2019 at 12:03 am

    It’s time the American People Open their eyes and
    Demand Democrats stop Abusing us!!
    It’s pure Abuse to use our tax money for Democrats own personal gains and interests, with all these needless investigations!
    The Mueller Report is Finished, at a cost of $40 million dollars, Now Democrats we see how you are abusing the common American and running right over us, by wasting our tax dollars!!
    I demand Democrats stop wasting our money!!

  23. Texas

    June 20, 2019 at 12:38 am

    Democrats have sold America to line their greedy pockets!
    Democrats have no allegiance to America, they sell our state secrets, sell favors to Foreign Countries even if it destroyed Americans, Clinton’s were the worst Criminals but it continued under the Obama/ Biden Administration!
    We don’t want more of this, Stop the Mafia Organization Now!! Do not Vote for another Democrat!
    Democrats don’t care about Americans lives, they only care about getting more money in their greedy hands!!

    At least Republicans will not sell out America and throw away the American People to DIE!!

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