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Democrats set new deadline for release of Trump tax returns

Washington: The US Treasury Department has been castigated by a Democratic House chairman for failing to meet a deadline to furnish President Donald Trump’s tax returns.

The chairman, Richard Neal, set a new deadline for compliance, April 23, and warned that if the Trump administration did not reply by then, its “failure will be interpreted as a denial of my request”.

He argued that the administration’s apparent concerns over his use of powers outlined in the IRS tax code “lack merit”.

Donald Trump has made it clear he does not intend to relent on his years-long objections to turning over his tax returns.

Donald Trump has made it clear he does not intend to relent on his years-long objections to turning over his tax returns.Credit:Bloomberg

The tone of Neal’s letter suggested Democrats are prepared to take their request — made through a little-known provision in the federal tax code — to court if necessary, initiating what could be a protracted legal fight over Congress’ oversight powers. In it, he cited legal precedent that he argued clearly showed the law is on the committee’s side, and said that the executive branch had no right to “second guess” its motivations.

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