Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Wednesday refuted claims he was scuttling requests for President Donald Trump’s tax returns from Democratic lawmakers.
Mnuchin has yet to comply with a request from House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal, D-Mass., for Trump’s tax returns.
“It seems that Democrats’ requests get shoved in the back of a filing cabinet while somehow Republican requests get the red-carpet treatment,” Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., said during a Senate Finance Committee hearing.
Mnuchin said he thought it would have been illegal to grant the request because of tax privacy laws, saying it was “very different” from a request by Republicans of Suspicious Activity Reports (SARs) related to Hunter Biden.
Wyden interrupted, “
“On a bipartisan basis, we have responded to thousands of SARs requests to the committees from both Republicans and Democrats,” Mnuchin said.
Wyden interjected and said, “Mr. Secretary, you are stonewalling about stonewalling.”
“That’s really not fair at all,” Mnuchin replied.
“Two committee chairs, one gets no response, with legal authority, that’s the Democrat, the Republican gets a quick response,” Wyden said.
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