Politics

Mnuchin says US Treasury will miss deadline for Trump's tax returns

Key Points
  • U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin says his department is unable to provide President Donald Trump's tax returns to Congress by Wednesday's deadline.
  • The request was made a week ago.
  • Mnuchin said Neal's request raised important questions of "constitutional scope of congressional investigative authority, the legitimacy of the asserted legislative purpose, and the constitutional rights of American citizens."
Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin speaks to Capitol Hill reporters January 15, 2019.
Yuri Gripas | Reuters

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin says his department is unable to provide U.S. President Donald Trump's tax returns to Congress by Wednesday's deadline.

Mnuchin told House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal, who made the request a week ago, that Treasury respects congressional oversight but needs more time to review the "unprecedented" request.

Mnuchin said Neal's request raised important questions of "constitutional scope of congressional investigative authority, the legitimacy of the asserted legislative purpose, and the constitutional rights of American citizens."

He quoted Capitol Hill Republicans who called the request "Nixonian" and who warned that it could set a precedent for disclosing personal tax information for political purposes.