Dem calls for fines, jail time if Mnuchin refuses to release Trump's tax returns

Rep. Bill PascrellWilliam (Bill) James PascrellBottom Line Democrats denounce Trump's attack on Cummings: 'These are not the words of a patriot' Two Democrats vow to press forward on Trump impeachment MORE (D-N.J.) argued Monday that if President TrumpDonald John TrumpGraham: America must 'accept the pain that comes in standing up to China' Weld 'thrilled' more Republicans are challenging Trump New data challenges Trump's economic narrative MORE's tax returns are not turned over to Congress following a subpoena, Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven Terner MnuchinMnuchin: Trump's 'as determined as ever' on China trade fight Sunday shows preview: Trump ratchets up trade war with China The Hill's Morning Report: How will Trump be received at G-7? MORE and IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig should face fines or jail time.

“I believe that the Justice Department should first fine the two persons that we’re talking about, Mr. Mnuchin and Mr. Rettig," Pascrell said during an interview on MSNBC. “If they say no all the way, then I'd put them in jail all the way.”

Pascrell is a member of the Democratic-led House Ways and Means Committee, which last week subpoenaed six years of Trump’s tax returns from both Mnuchin and Rettig. The committee gave the officials until 5 p.m. Friday to hand over the returns.


Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard NealRichard Edmund NealDemocrats push judge for quick action on Trump tax returns lawsuit Trump argues NY tax return case should take place in DC NY files motion to keep Trump tax returns lawsuit out of DC court MORE (D-Mass.) argued last week that the subpoena "gives us the best opportunity to succeed and obtain the requested material." The panel is probing how the IRS audits and enforces tax laws against a president.

Pascrell, who noted on MSNBC that he was speaking for himself, said that if the returns are not turned over by the Friday deadline he would be willing to begin impeachment proceedings against the Trump administration officials.

"If they say no on Friday and if they ignore this ... then we do have a constitutional crisis," he said. "By Friday night I'd be willing to begin impeachment processes." 

Mnuchin has previously denied a House request for Trump's tax returns.

The Hill has reached out to the Treasury Department and the IRS for comment.