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DOJ releases legal opinion supporting Treasury refusal to turn over Trump tax returns

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DOJThe Justice Department released Friday a new legal opinion supporting the Treasury secretary's refusal to hand over President Donald Trump's tax returns.

"The law required Treasury to deny that request," Assistant Attorney General Steven Engel wrote in a strongly-worded 33-page opinion, concluding that the demand for tax information amounted to an "unprecedented" use of the House Ways and Means Committee's authority and raised a "serious risk of abuse."
Committee Chairman Richard Neal has been in a pitched battle with the administration for weeks, finally issuing a subpoena to Treasury and the IRS in May after the agencies rebuffed the Democrat's request for six years of the President's personal and business tax returns.

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