WASHINGTON ― Treasury Secretary  said Friday that the administration will not comply with a subpoena for copies of ’s tax returns, setting up yet another legal showdown with . 

Democrats’ request “lacks a legitimate legislative purpose” and the Treasury Department is therefore “not authorized” to hand over the documents,  Mnuchin said in a letter to House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal (D-Mass.). 

Neal had requested the documents under a giving Congress access to private tax information. Mnuchin said he’s not authorized to produce the documents, but the law actually doesn’t authorize him to refuse. 

“The law, by its terms, does not allow for discretion as to whether to comply with a request for tax returns and return

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