U.S. President Donald Trump pauses during his declaration of a national emergency at the U.S. -Mexico border during remarks about border security in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, U.S., February 15, 2019.
On Friday, Trump said that his administration is "strongly looking at" the possibility of releasing immigrants into sanctuary cities, undercutting earlier denials from his own administration officials.
Sanders added that she believes Democrats have no plan on immigration other than "fighting the president".
Mnuchin, who has consulted with the White House and Department of Justice about Trump's tax returns, previously said that Neal's request raised concerns about the scope of the committee's authority, privacy protections for taxpayers, and the legislative objective of lawmakers in seeking the documents.
"Chairman Neal's request is nothing more than an attempt to exercise constitutional authority that Congress does not possess", Consovoy wrote in the Monday letter, which followed an April 5 missive also urging the Treasury to rebuff Neal's request.
He argued that a 1920-era law saying the IRS "shall furnish" any tax return requested by Congress "is unambiguous and raises no complicated legal issues".
Congressional Republicans have condemned Neal's request as a political fishing expedition by Democrats, while the White House has said the documents will "never" be turned over.
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler said President Donald Trump showed "contempt" for the law when he told a top administration official he would pardon him if he were jailed for defying the law.
"T$3 he House Oversight Committee is not a miniature Department of Justice, charged with investigating and prosecuting potential federal crimes", the letter said.
The Treasury Department initially rebuffed an April 10 deadline Neal set. "We're not enforcing our laws".
The battle over Trump's tax returns - after he was the first president in four decades not to release the annual filings - has been brewing since the 2016 campaign. The Trump administration is asking an appeals court to let it continue returning asylum seekers to Mexico hours before a us judge's order was set to go into effect Friday afternoon reversing the unprecedented change to the USA asylum process.
"The IRS (Internal Revenue Service) has failed to provide the requested return and return information despite an unambiguous legal obligation to do so", Richard E Neal, head of the Democratic-led House committee on ways and means, wrote in a letter to the IRS commissioner Saturday. "I'll let you know fast".
We don't want illegal immigration, we don't want people coming illegally across the border, " Scott said.
"This was just a suggestion that was floated and rejected, which ended any further discussion", the White House statement said in response to the story.