U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin committed on Thursday to “protect the president” from official demands for his tax returns.
Speaking to Democratic Representative Lloyd Doggett of the House Ways and Means Committee, Mnuchin said he was “not aware if there’s ever been a request for an elected official’s tax return,” but “we will follow the law and we will protect the president as we would protect any individual taxpayer under their rights.”
Until now, Trump has kept a tight lid on both business and personal tax records.
“There’s an awful lot of interest in 6103 today,” Mnuchin said, referring to section 6103 of the U.S. tax code, which states that the Treasury secretary “shall furnish” the documents if requested by chairs of the House Ways and Means Committee, Senate Finance Committee, or the Joint Committee on Taxation.
While Trump departed from a longstanding tradition of submitting tax returns during his candidacy for president, the pursuit of financial records on a sitting POTUS is unprecedented.