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IRS Memo Says Only Exec. Privilege Can Stop Congress from Obtaining Tax Returns

HeadlineMay 22, 2019

The Washington Post is reporting a confidential memo from the Internal Revenue Service states that Congress has the right to request tax returns and that only an intervention by the president using executive privilege can stop it. This contradicts the reasoning given by the Trump administration for refusing to hand over his tax returns to Congress, as Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin has argued the refusal was based on the lack of legislative justification for requesting them. The IRS said the unsigned draft memo was written by a lawyer in the Office of Chief Counsel and did not represent the agency’s “official position.”

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