Democrats and the rest of the world have plenty of reason to suspect that Trump has never released his tax returns because he's hiding something, but Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin says he will personally protect Trump.
Mnuchin told members of Congress this morning that he will protect Trump just like he would anyone else.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Treasury will work to shield President Donald Trump from a congressional request to see his tax returns, protecting his privacy just like it would for any taxpayer, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Thursday. [...]
Mnuchin told lawmakers on Thursday he has met with legal experts at the Treasury to discuss the expected request from Democrats.
“We will protect the president as we would protect any individual taxpayer under their rights,” Mnuchin said at a House hearing.
If you believe the goddamn treasury secretary would go to bat for an average American who is under congressional investigation, I have some doomsday insurance to sell you.
The idea that the treasury secretary would confer with legal counsel at the highest levels of government to protect any other random American is so absurd I can barely type this with a straight face.
It's not clear to me if the Treasury has the power to block or ignore a congressional subpoena, but they will probably try to.