IRS defies Trump taxes subpoena

May 17, 2019 GMT

The IRS failed to comply with a subpoena demanding the tax agency turn over President Trump’s tax returns, the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee said Friday.

Rep. Richard Neal did not say what his next step would be, saying only that he’s “consulting with counsel.”

Mr. Neal had little hope of securing cooperation with his subpoena after Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, who oversees the IRS, said they considered the demand dangerous and illegitimate.

Mr. Mnuchin said he’d be happy to brief Congress about tax audits and what happens in the case of a president’s returns the specific question Mr. Neal says he’s investigating but the secretary said he won’t turn over the full returns.


The Justice Department agrees with Mr. Mnuchin, and is working on a written opinion explaining the administration’s objections.

Mr. Mnuchin told Congress this week that the matter will end up in court.