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"They can do what they want to do", he said.

"Until such time as I am not under audit, I will not be doing that, thank you", Trump told reporters Wednesday. Trump, a Republican and wealthy businessman, did not do so.

While it has been practice for presidents to voluntarily release their tax returns, Mr. Trump has refused to do so.

It's nearly as if President Trump installed William Barr at the DOJ to protect him from the Mueller investigation and installed Michael Desmond at the IRS to protect him from Democrats trying to obtain his tax returns.

On Wednesday, Neal wrote a letter to the commissioner of the IRS requesting six years of Trump's tax returns, from 2013 to 2018.

Neal's request is specific and under the section of the IRS code that he is using only he, and not other chairmen of House committees can see the returns.

In this April 2, 2019, photo, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal, D-Mass., arrives for a Democratic Caucus meeting at the Capitol in Washington.

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It is all but certain that the administration will take steps to challenge the Democratic interpretation of the law on which the request is based.

Trump has long resisted calls to releases his taxes, claiming that he is unable to release the documents because he is under audit.

He said Mexico has a "one-year warning to stop incoming drugs; otherwise we'll close the border".

"Weaponizing our nation's tax code by targeting political foes sets a unsafe precedent and weakens Americans' privacy rights", Brady wrote to Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, whose department includes the IRS.

Trump is the first president since Nixon who did not voluntarily release his returns while running for public office. The returns would have to remain private unless the Ways and Means Committee and House voted to release them, which could start a fresh round of wrangling with the White House.

During gaggle with reporters Thursday morning, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said the administration isn't interested in playing political games with Democrats over the issue.

Neal said he could not provide a time frame for how the litigation will play out. He added later: "I don't think we'll ever have to close the border because the penalty of tariffs on cars coming into the United States from Mexico, at 25 per cent, will be massive".

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"And this week, the House Ways and Means Committee chairman, Representative Richard E. Neal, Democrat of MA, formally asked the I.R.S. for six years of the returns, using an obscure provision in the tax code to do so".

Neal noted that it has only been three months since Democrats took control of the House.

When asked to elaborate on why he thinks this, he said, "It's just my judgment". Democrats had obsessed for weeks over the language because they thought it would need to stand up to a court challenge.

Neal did not say what he will do if the IRS does not comply with his request.

"This is about policy".

Marcelo Ebrard, Mexico's foreign relations secretary, said Tuesday his government had not changed its policies.

On Tuesday, Ebrard said USA officials have told him there is no intention to close the border.

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