Congressional Republicans oppose the effort, saying it would set a risky precedent by politicizing the confidential tax documents of a USA citizen.
However, experts say the NY effort is sure to run into legal challenges of its own - and may not reveal as much as some hope. "We have said we will comply with the law". "I'm not going to make a specific comment on that, but it would be a good guess". "It is, but it's just not as useful as I think people are hoping".
"There is a high likelihood this ends up in the courts, which is, in a way, unusual because typically when there's a request like this by Congress, the matter is settled more politically with a compromise", said Jessica Levinson, a professor at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles who specializes in political process law. Trump has broken with decades of precedent by not voluntarily releasing his returns to the public.
"This is a back door of getting his federal returns", Pomp says.
"We did receive the request" for six years of Trump's personal tax returns as well as those for several of the president's business entities, Mnuchin told a House Appropriations subcommittee on Tuesday.
"I won't do it" Trump says.
Trump has said numerous times that his being under audit precludes the release of his returns, a refrain he has used numerous times since 2016. Mnuchin may think it is improper or inappropriate - but his refusing to hand over the tax returns would actually violate the law.
Neal, Massachusetts Democrat, set a Wednesday deadline for the IRS to respond, as party lines harden over the request that would give Congress an inside look into Trump's finances and business practices. Polls, meantime, continue to show that Americans do want to see Trump's taxes.
Later in the hearing, Mnuchin criticized Democrats for requesting the tax returns, saying they should be glad Republicans did not seek the tax returns of Democrats when the GOP controlled the House of Representatives before the 2018 midterm elections. "It's very simple", Trump told reporters. "Voters knew the president could have given his tax returns".
The president has told those close to him that the attempt to get his returns were an invasion of his privacy and a further example of the Democratic-led "witch hunt" - like special counsel Robert Mueller's probe - meant to damage him.
"I appreciate that, and I appreciate your reminding us of the length of time other secretaries have been here".
"There's comfort in knowing that they've been exposed to scrutiny", Grewal says, adding that 90% of congresspeople don't release their returns.
Mnuchin said he'd notified committee staff on Monday that he'd need to leave at 5 p.m.
Meanwhile, the legislation could still face political obstacles before it becomes law, and legal challenges once it's enacted. Heastie and Stewart-Cousins have not yet given official support for the bill introduced Monday, but Cuomo told the New York Times he would support it.
The president has touted the federal tax overhaul known as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act as one of his biggest accomplishments. New York's legislature is now considering legislation that would allow Congress to request the president's tax returns from the state's Department of Taxation and Finance. "And I'm sure the President's strategy is to drag it out to 2020".