An internal investigation is now probing Steve Mnuchin’s handling of demands for Trump’s taxes: report

An internal investigation is now probing Steve Mnuchin’s handling of demands for Trump’s taxes: report
Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin | 7/25/17 (Official White House Photo by Ricky Harris)

Democrats at both the federal and state levels would love to get their hands on President Donald Trump’s tax returns, but so far, Trump has avoided making them public. One Republican who has backed him on that is Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, and according to the New York Times, Rich Delmar — acting inspector general of the U.S. Treasury Department — is now investigating the way Mnuchin has dealt with the matter.

Mnuchin has refused to hand over Trump’s tax returns to House Democrats who are demanding them. One of those Democrats is Massachusetts Rep. Richard Neal, who chairs the House Ways and Means Committee and has been leading efforts in the House to obtain the president’s tax returns. Mnuchin has maintained that House Democrats’ demand serves no legitimate legislative purpose, and now, it’s up to Delmar to evaluate that assertion.

The New York Times’ Alan Rappeport quotes Delmar as saying, “Chairman Neal has asked Treasury OIG to inquire into the process by which the Department received, evaluated and responded to the Committee’s request for federal tax information. We are undertaking that inquiry.”

Although Trump has so far managed to keep his tax returns from the general public, that doesn’t mean they aren’t subject to the scrutiny of the Internal Revenue Service — in fact, they are subject to mandatory audit because Trump is president of the United States. And in July, an IRS whistleblower filed a complaint alleging that senior Treasury Department officials were trying to improperly influence that audit.

In response to that whistleblower’s allegation, Neal wrote, “This is a grave charge that appreciably heightens the (House Ways and Means) Committee’s concerns about the absence of appropriate safeguards as part of the mandatory audit program and whether statutory codification of such program or other remedial, legislative measures are warranted.”


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