Trump's legal team thinks Robert Mueller obtained an 'unknown number' of the president's tax returns: CNN
CNN's Jim Acosta reported Wednesday that President Donald Trump's legal team believes Special Counsel Robert Mueller had the commander in chief's tax returns during the Russia investigation.
Source familiar with Trump legal team discussions said "working assumption" among Trump's attorneys is that Mueller… https://t.co/r5C9q6KTsO— Jim Acosta (@Jim Acosta)1556131243.0
This source said they can't be certain that the tax returns were obtained by Mueller's team. But the Trump legal te… https://t.co/g0UgmFU10J— Jim Acosta (@Jim Acosta)1556131395.0
The House Ways and Means committee has requested Trump's tax returns — which it is entitled to do under the law — but the administration is currently fighting the effort with little legal justification.
But there's no reason to think Mueller couldn't have gotten his hand on Trump's taxes if he had wanted to.
CNN analyst Asha Rangappa noted, however, that there was nothing in the Mueller report to indicate that the investigators pursued this line of inquiry. None of the investigative threads Mueller pursued appear to be cases that would have turned on facts revealed in tax returns, so it's possible that the president's lawyers are simply mistaken in their assumption.
"They did refer a case to the Southern District of New York, which involved those campaign finance violations, and I think those could very well lead to [Trump's tax returns], but in Mueller's mandate, in my opinion, I didn't see that," Rangappa said.
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