Mnuchin Implies Dems Trying To ‘Weaponize’ IRS Against Trump With Tax Return Request

US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin is seen during the IMF - World Bank Spring Meetings at International Monetary Fund Headquarters in Washington, DC, April 11, 2019. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP) (Photo credi... US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin is seen during the IMF - World Bank Spring Meetings at International Monetary Fund Headquarters in Washington, DC, April 11, 2019. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP) (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images) MORE LESS

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin on Saturday implied House Democrats have tried to “weaponize” the IRS against President Donald Trump by requesting his and several of his business’ tax returns.

“[T]he implication of this is way beyond in my mind a congressional oversight issue, and a president issue,” Mnuchin said on the sidelines of the spring meetings of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, as quoted by Reuters. “I feel a responsibility that we get this right and that the IRS does not become weaponized like it was under the Nixon administration.”

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal (D-MA) first requested the tax returns from IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig on April 3, giving Rettig a week to respond. On April 10, Mnuchin — rather than Rettig — said the returns were still unavailable.

On Saturday, Neal wrote to Rettig again, dismissing the concerns outlined by Mnuchin, without naming him, and asserting that responding to the request was a simple matter of following the law. He set a new deadline of April 23 for the returns.

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