- The Washington Times - Monday, May 6, 2019

The Treasury Department’s self-imposed deadline to determine the legality of releasing President Trump’s tax returns arrived Monday.

Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin said in late April that the Internal Revenue Service could not meet a deadline to provide six years of returns and said he needed until May 6th to investigate whether the “unprecedented” request was legal.

In a letter to House Ways and Means Committee Chairmen Rep. Richard E. Neal, Mr. Mnuchin said the Treasury Department “cannot act upon your request unless and until it is determined to be consistent with law,” and it will make a decision “after receiving the Justice Department’s legal conclusions.”

Mr. Trump said he’d be open to releasing his tax returns once he’s out of audit but has been resistant to House Democrats government oversight investigations.

Another deadline that has come and gone is for special counsel Robert Mueller’s unredacted report into Russian interference into the 2016 election, and the House Judiciary Committee has announced a Wednesday vote on whether to hold Attorney General William P. Barr in contempt.

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