President Donald Trump’s acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney was adamant Sunday that Democrats will “never” see Trump’s tax returns.
Rep. Richard Neal, D-Mass., chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, formally requested from the IRS six years of the president’s tax returns Wednesday, his stated reason being to “review whether the IRS is carrying out its responsibilities.”
The issue came up during an appearance on “Fox News Sunday,” and Mulvaney said they were not surprised by the request.
“You always expect something from Democrats,” he told fill-in host Bill Hemmer. “If they don’t get what they want in the [special counsel Robert] Mueller report they’re going to ask for the taxes. If they don’t get what they want on the taxes they’ll ask for something else.”
He said Democrats know the law and know they’re not going to get the tax returns.
“They know the terms under law by which the IRS can give them the documents, but political hit job is not one of those reasons,” Mulvaney said.
“To be clear, you believe Democrats will never see the president’s tax returns,” Hemmer said.
“Oh, no. Never. Nor should they,” Mulvaney replied. “Keep in mind, that was an issue that was already litigated during the election. Voters know the president could have given his tax returns, they knew that he didn’t and they elected him anyway, which is of course what drives the Democrats crazy.”
They just want attention on the issue because they don’t want to talk to us about policy,” he added.
Hemmer pointed out Trump has previously said he won’t release his returns because he’s under audit, saying that he could still legally release them.
“You could always allow people to see it,” Mulvaney said. “But that’s not what’s happening. The democrats are demanding the IRS turn over the documents, and that is not going to happen, and they know it.”
He also said the pursuit of Trump’s tax returns is more proof the Democratic Party “is infested with Trump Derangement Syndrome.”
“They still cannot accept the fact that he won the election and they will do everything they can to try and either undo that or prevent that from happening again,” Mulvaney told Hemmer.
Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, not necessarily a Trump supporter, said as much during an appearance Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” calling the effort “moronic.”
“[Trump] said he would be happy to release his returns. So I wish he’d do that. But I have to also tell you I think the Democrats are just playing along his handbook, which is, going after his tax returns through legislative action is moronic,” he said.
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