The Democrat-controlled House Ways and Means Committee set a 10-day deadline Saturday for Trump to cough up his tax returns—and threatened legal action if the administration refuses.
Rep. Richard E. Neal (D-Mass.), who chairs the committee, told the IRS to produce the documents by April 23. He claimed that Trump’s objections to the demand “lack merit.”
Trump lawyer William Consovoy argued last week that the order weaponizes the IRS for partisan purposes. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said it “raises serious issues concerning the constitutional scope of congressional investigative authority.”
Nonsense, Neal responded.
“It is not the proper function of the IRS, Treasury, or Justice to question or second guess the motivations of the committee,” he wrote, according to the Washington Post. “Judicial precedent commands that none of the concerns raised can legitimately be used to deny the committee’s request.”
As the letter went out, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) denounced Trump’s use of video footage of the 9/11 attacks to criticize Omar (D-Minn.).
“The memory of 9/11 is sacred ground, and any discussion of it must be done with reverence,” Pelosi tweeted. “The President shouldn’t use the painful images of 9/11 for a political attack.”