White House, Treasury discussed tax request
WASHINGTON – Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told lawmakers Tuesday that White House lawyers had been in touch with his department about a congressional request for President Trump’s tax returns, but said he had not personally spoken to Trump or those lawyers about how the matter was being handled.
Mnuchin’s disclosure is the first public acknowledgment of communication between the White House and the Treasury Department related to Trump’s tax returns and underscores the seriousness with which the president is taking the congressional request to obtain his personal financial records.
Mnuchin, who is testifying before two congressional committees Tuesday, acknowledged that White House lawyers had been in touch with his department before the formal request was made last week. But he said that he had not been briefed on those discussions and described them as “informational.”
Mnuchin said it would be “premature” to comment on how his agency would respond to a formal request by House Democrats for six years of Trump’s personal and business tax returns. “It is our intent to follow the law,” Mnuchin said.