FILE PHOTO – U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin testifies before a House Financial Services Committee hearing on the “State of the International Financial System” on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., April 9, 2019. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Monday denied a leading House Democrat’s request for President Donald Trump’s tax returns, setting the stage for a lengthy court battle between lawmakers and the Trump administration.
In a May 6 letter, Mnuchin told House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal that he would not comply with the Democrat’s April 3 request, saying it lacks “a legitimate legislative purpose.”
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