the UNITED states's finance minister, Steven Mnuchin, states that the government will not hand over president Donald Trumps tax returns to Congress. It writes the Associated Press.
the minister of Finance justifying the refusal with that the call by the democratic-controlled kongresudvalg 'lacks a legitimate legislative purpose'.
Thus pocketing the Democrats yet another defeat in its dispute with Trump, who is the only american president in recent times who has refused to publish its skattepapirer.
Finance minister Steven Mnuchin. Photo: AFP
But the Democrats have not given up.
The next step in the challenge of Trumps tax information, kongresudvalget require the documents to be delivered directly from the tax purposes, the IRS.
Results also in a rejection, the matter may end up as a lawsuit in the courts.
Democrat Richard Neal had asked to be handed Trumps tax bills for the years 2013 to 2018.
He refers to an old law that gives Congress the right to ask for tax returns from any person to carry out a scrutiny of his tax information.
Since the Democrats secured a majority in the House of Representatives in January, they have stepped up the fight in order to obtain the Trumps tax returns.
It will give them an insight into the president's business dealings and possible conflicts of interest.