A confidential draft Internal Revenue Service memo directly contradicts Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin's reason for not giving Congress President Trump's tax returns. House Ways and Means Chairman Richard Neal (D-Mass.) formally requested Trump's tax returns last month; under a 1924 law, he is one of a handful of lawmakers with the authority to do so. Mnuchin has refused to give Neal the returns, claiming Congress does not have a "legitimate legislative purpose" to request the documents. The memo, obtained by The Washington Post, states otherwise, asserting that it is "mandatory" the returns are disclosed, as the law "does not allow the secretary to exercise discretion in disclosing the information provided the statutory conditions are met."
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