Steve Mnunchin and Maxine Waters Butt Heads Again

Steve Mnunchin and Maxine Waters Butt Heads Again

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and House Financial Services Chair Maxine Waters probably won't be exchanging holiday cards this year after things got a little tense during the Treasury secretary's testimony on Tuesday. He would eventually go to jail for accepting bribes as part of the scheme, and lawmakers decided after the scandal that they needed access to more information about the economic interests of top White House officials.

"I got elected last time, the same exact issue", he said.

"It is being reviewed by the legal departments and we look forward to responding to the letter", he said.

Republican Trump has consistently refused requests by politicians, journalists and others, stating his reason for not doing so is that the returns are under audit. We have no evidence that there's any wrongdoing, " said Rep. Chris Stewart, R-Utah, who said the request tramples on Trump's right to privacy.

Mnuchin said he'd notified committee staff on Monday that he'd need to leave at 5 p.m. "I'll let you know fast".

Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., said it was concerning that the White House may have had any role in the release of the tax records.

At a separate congressional hearing in the afternoon, Mnuchin said Treasury officials did not seek the White House's "permission" as to whether to release the tax returns, and he also said he didn't view the meeting as "interference".

"So if this is the way you want to treat me, then I'll rethink whether I voluntarily come back here", Mnuchin said. Once the tax returns are out, reporters could find something that the IRS missed.

With only hours left before a midnight deadline set for the Treasury Department by the Democratic-controlled U.S. House of Representatives tax committee, the panel said it had not received the returns. "It is your job, and your job alone, to respond to Chairman Neal's request", Ron Wyden, the senior Democrat on the Senate Finance Committee, told Commissioner Charles Rettig. But the White House is supposed to stay out of the decision, and Rettig said he's had no contact with anyone there.

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"I am sure there are many prominent Democrats who are relieved that when Kevin Brady [of Texas] was chairman of the committee, he didn't request specific returns", Mnuchin said.

"I have the gavel at this point", Waters said.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin arrives to testify before a House Appropriations subcommittee during a hearing on Capitol Hill, Tuesday, April 9, 2019, in Washington.

The suggestion here seems to be that if Waters understood the wealth that Mnuchin, a former Goldman Sachs executive, perhaps she would be more amenable to his needs, because, he's super wealthy?

Waters asked Mnuchin for another 15 minutes, pointing out that the secretary was not the only one short on time.

Waters replied sharply, "Do not instruct me as to how I am to conduct this hearing".

"The requests for [Trump's] private tax information are not consistent with governing law, do not advance any proper legislative goal, and threaten to interfere with the ordinary conduct of audits", said William S. Consovoy, Trump's attorney, in a statement.

Technically, there's nothing preventing Trump from releasing his tax returns now.

The head of the IRS faced questions from politicians for a second day on his response to Neal's request.

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