He cited the complexity of the matter, and the need to weigh the legality of the request. And, even if it did, she predicted Democrats wouldn't have a clue what they were reading. "The Committee determined that such a request would be an "abuse of authority.' And it will set a 'dangerous precedent by targeting a single individual's confidential tax returns" for political reasons", the Secretary wrote in a response to the request of Ways and Means Chairman Richard Neal.
The talk of bringing Miller before lawmakers comes days after the Washington Post reported that he played a key role in a plan first discussed past year to release undocumented immigrants into "sanctuary cities" represented by President Donald Trump's Democratic critics. Plans are also in the works to have border patrol agents conduct initial interviews to determine whether migrants seeking asylum have a "credible fear" of returning to their homelands.
"Last week, the chairman of a different House panel requested for Trump's personal and business returns by Wednesday at a letter into Rettig, relying on a 1924 statute which states the Treasury Department" shall provide" them when asked.
But administration officials told Fox News that McAleenan best fits Trump's requirement of being the "toughest cop" on the frontier and that Nielsen had been viewed as resistant to some of the immigration measures pushed by the president and his aides. Trump said that he would like to offer them but he won't do that till he is under audit.
Neal continued,"To be able to fairly make that determination, we have to get President Trump's tax returns and also examine whether the IRS is taking out its responsibilities".
Neither the White House nor the Department of Homeland Security responded to requests for comment on what, if anything, had changed Monday.
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In a recent interview with the Post, Democratic New York Representative Kathleen Rice, who serves as chairwoman of the House Homeland Security subcommittee on border security said Miller needs to come before her panel to "make his case for these bad policies to the American people instead of being this shadow puppeteer". House Democrats are at a party retreat in the Virginia suburbs of Washington.
Mnuchin told lawmakers that his department will "follow the law".
Mnuchin says he needs more time to review the request.
Neal's initial letter, sent a week ago, didn't lay out any consequences for the IRS if it didn't comply, and a spokesman said a likely course would be a second, more insistent, letter.
"My guess is majority don't do their own taxes".