White House, Trea­sury dis­cussed tax re­quest

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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.

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