Speak Out: Trump’s tax returns

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has made it official: The administration won’t be turning President Donald Trump’s tax returns over to the Democratic-controlled House.

Mnuchin told Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal, D-Mass., in a Monday letter that the panel’s request “lacks a legitimate legislative purpose” as Supreme Court precedent requires.

In making that determination, Mnuchin said he relied on the advice of the Justice Department. He concluded that the Treasury Department is “not authorized to disclose the requested returns and return information.”

• If he doesn’t have to, why would he? Privacy law. If you start requiring one person, then I suppose you’d have to start requiring everyone after. Then, you have to decide when do they need to submit them? While running, prior to running, when elected. If someone tells me to do something that I’m not obligated to do, and frankly don’t want to, why would I. — Rick Boyer

• A bunch of idiots are saying the IRS doesn’t do its job? At what point will Congress do something constructive? — John P. Leech

• Obstruction, again. — Elizabeth Kenney

• It’s about time that the Dems are denied all the BS demands. — Oleda Kellenberger

• In 1976, when running for election as POTUS against Jimmy Carter, President Gerald Ford refused to release his tax returns. — Dave Graham

• As if the average person, regardless of party, would understand the tax records of a billionaire. — Bob Hartman

• It’s a whole other issue that taxes and information aren’t easily understandable to the average person; essentially breeds a world where the rich find loopholes and the poor end up getting fined. — Danielle Levredge

• I wouldn’t be concerned about someone who became POTUS well after he had money. Be more concerned about the people who become wealthy after they are elected. Just saying. — Margo Moyer

• Good for him. None of anyone’s business. I wouldn’t want to share mine either. Geez angry people, the man’s working for free. Let it go! — Sue Newman Janes

• Where does the tax code say that when you become a public servant you forfeit your personal rights? Really? — George Roof

• Every President has opened his taxes to Americans. What is Trump trying to hide from us? — Susan Janis

• It’s not anyone’s business. What does it have to do with anything? Let’s see the tax returns if everyone in the Senate and House. What does that accomplish? How about Democrats get a life and get busy doing the work of the people. I hope that every Democratic candidate gets voted out of office. — Tony Bovinich

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