WASHINGTON (AP) — A top House Democrat is ratcheting up his demand for access to President Donald Trump’s tax returns, telling the IRS that the law clearly gives Congress a right to them.
The response by Rep. Richard Neal, the House Ways and Means Committee chairman, comes after the administration asked for more time to consider his initial request last week.
The Massachusetts Democrat says a 1920-era law saying the IRS ‘‘shall furnish’’ any tax return requested by Congress ‘‘is unambiguous and raises no complicated legal issues’’ and that the Treasury’s objections lack merit.
Neal tells IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig, a Trump appointee, that he has two weeks to respond.
If Rettig fails to respond, Neal says that’ll be interpreted as denying the request, which could pave the way for a court battle.