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I believe that was purely informational on the eve of a Wednesday deadline set by house Democrats to respond to its request for the U. S. treasury to turn over six years of president Donald trump's tax returns the department secretary Steve minu chin told lawmakers for the first time on Tuesday at White House and treasury department lawyers communicated before the formal request our our legal department has had conversations prior to receiving the letter %HESITATION with the White House general counsel Democrats argue those conversations may have defied the very law house ways and means committee chair Richard Neal is using to demand trumps returns the new chin said he thought it was appropriate rotors legal correspondent John wolf the entire reason the law was enacted was to minimize interference by the White House and those kinds of requests so these sorts of discussions between treasury and White House would seem to fly in the face of the entire legislative intent behind the law at play here that law Democrats argue gives them the right to ask for trump's tax records even as White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney says trumps returns will never be handed over Congress seems to have a pretty strong argument for getting these tax returns there's a law from nineteen twenty four that authorizes ways and means to seek %HESITATION tax returns from individuals and it the language is pretty clear and it doesn't really have any copy out that says that they can requested in treasury which runs the R. S. alternate over among the reasons the house Democrats say they want trump's tax returns one is to see if any of trump's tax policy decisions benefited his businesses another is to see if you enjoyed any favoritism in the audit process but there's always some limits on Congress's power we know from Supreme Court decisions that while Congress has broad authority to investigate a it you can't go around harassing individual citizens that would be an abuse of power obviously and that's what trump has argued in likely would argue if this ever got the court it's likely to get there if the IRS refused , the request which it's expected to do on Wednesday the house could respond with a subpoena and then if treasury resists we'd be able to go to court and then a court battle could move very slowly in wine wind its way all the way up to the Supreme Court and it's possible that will drag on for two years could drag on and from my night not even being office by the time we get a resolution