Though other Congressional committees "must include a objective for their request for returns and return information when seeking access", the House Ways and Means Committee, along with the Senate Finance Committee and the Joint Committee on Taxation, does not have to provide a reason for requesting tax information.
According to the memo, obtained by the Washington Post, disclosure of the President's tax forms "is mandatory, requiring the Secretary to disclose returns, and return information, requested by the tax-writing Chairs".
Although Steven Mnuchin, the current Secretary of the Department of Treasury, has stated that there is no legal basis for President Trump being required to hand them over to Congress or release them publicly, a legal memo uncovered earlier today, Tuesday, May 21, 2019, says otherwise.
The memo is titled "Congressional Access to Returns and Return Information", and the IRS said it was written by a lawyer in the Office of Chief Counsel. "It would have been more interesting if it had got to me or the commissioner to review".
Mnuchin also said he read the memo on his way to the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday morning. He maintains that the committee is looking into the effectiveness of IRS mandatory audits of tax returns of all sitting presidents, a way to justify his claim that the panel has a potential legislative objective. But the draft memo says the law "does not allow the Secretary to exercise discretion in disclosing the information provided the statutory conditions are met".
Trump declined to reveal his tax returns during the 2016 presidential election, claiming he was under audit.
'I've been advised I am not violating the law, ' he said.
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"The memo is addressing a different issue, and is not addressing the issue that we and the Department of Justice looked at".
The memo was prepared last fall, the Post reported, when Democrats were readying their request for six years of Trump's personal and business tax returns.
Officials in the department have extensively discussed the issue of Trump's tax returns.
Trump has long told confidants that he was under audit and therefore could not release his taxes.
"The secretary's obligation to disclose return and return information would not be affected by the failure of a tax-writing committee.to state a reason for the request", it says, according to the Post.
House Democrats have grown increasingly furious over repeated attempts by the Trump administration, including the Treasury Department, to block various congressional oversight efforts including over the President's tax returns, calling such efforts to undermine the probes "unprecedented stonewalling". "I think if both sides have made up their minds, better to move it to the next branch of government, the judiciary".