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Democrat hits Mnuchin for giving Hunter Biden docs to Republicans

Rep. Bill PascrellWilliam (Bill) James PascrellDemocrats hesitant to raise taxes amid pandemic Democratic fury with GOP explodes in House Democrats urge IRS to extend tax-filing season MORE (D-N.J.) is criticizing the Treasury Department for providing Republican senators with financial records as part of their probe concerning Hunter Biden.

Pascrell, a member of the House Ways and Means Committee, blasted the department for turning over the documents while at the same time refusing to provide House Democrats with President TrumpDonald TrumpProsecutors focus Trump Organization probe on company's financial officer: report WHO official says it's 'premature' to think pandemic will be over by end of year Romney released from hospital after fall over the weekend MORE's tax returns.

"Continuing to violate the law to shield Donald Trump’s tax returns while simultaneously aiding a blatantly partisan investigation is an affront to public service," Pascrell wrote in a letter dated Thursday to Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven MnuchinBiden brings back bipartisan meetings at the White House On The Money: Schumer urges Democrats to stick together on .9T bill | Collins rules out GOP support for Biden relief plan | Powell fights inflation fears Mnuchin expected to launch investment fund seeking backing from Persian Gulf region: report MORE.

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Pascrell's letter comes after a spokeswoman for Senate Finance Committee ranking member Ron WydenRonald (Ron) Lee WydenSenate Democrats negotiating changes to coronavirus bill No. 2 Senate Democrat shoots down overruling parliamentarian on minimum wage Progressives push White House to overturn wage ruling MORE (D-Ore.) said Thursday that the Treasury Department is complying with a request for documents from two Senate GOP chairmen.

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck GrassleyChuck GrassleyJudiciary Committee greenlights Garland's AG nomination Grassley to vote against Tanden nomination Grassley says he'll decide this fall whether to run in 2022 MORE (R-Iowa) and Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold JohnsonJuan Williams: Hypocrisy runs riot in GOP Graham: Trump will 'be helpful' to all Senate GOP incumbents Partisan headwinds threaten Capitol riot commission MORE (R-Wis.) sent a letter to Treasury in November as part of an investigation into "potentially improper actions by the Obama administration" concerning Ukraine and Burisma Holdings, a Ukrainian gas company where Hunter Biden, the son of former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenSenate Democrats negotiating changes to coronavirus bill Rural Americans are the future of the clean energy economy — policymakers must to catch up WHO official says it's 'premature' to think pandemic will be over by end of year MORE, worked.

The two senators sought any "suspicious activity reports" and related documents about Burisma, Hunter Biden and others from the Treasury Department's Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN). Financial institutions file suspicious activity reports with FinCEN about actions that might signal criminal activity in an effort to help the federal government detect and prevent money laundering.

A Treasury official did not comment specifically on the request from Grassley and Johnson but said the department responds to congressional requests for information, including information from FinCEN, from lawmakers on both sides of the aisle.

Democrats argue that the Trump administration has stonewalled their requests for information.

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Last spring, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard NealRichard Edmund NealOcasio-Cortez: wage only 'socialist' to those in 'dystopian capitalist nightmare' Bottom line Democrats adjust language on child tax credit in relief bill MORE (D-Mass.) sent requests and subpoenas to the Treasury Department and the IRS for six years of Trump's federal tax returns, saying his committee was conducting oversight and considering legislative proposals about how the IRS audits presidents.

Neal cited a section of the federal tax code that states that the Treasury secretary "shall furnish" tax returns requested by the chairs of Congress's tax committees.

The Trump administration rejected Neal's requests and subpoenas, arguing they lacked a "legitimate legislative purpose" and that Democrats' true objective in seeking the tax returns was to make public the tax information of a political rival. The dispute has yet to be resolved in the courts.

Pascrell said in Thursday's letter that Mnuchin's participation in the Senate GOP probe "is unacceptable, but made far worse when compared beside your adamant refusal to obey the law ... by providing Donald Trump’s tax returns to the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee pursuant to his request of April 3, 2019."

The New Jersey Democrat called on Mnuchin to end his "stonewalling and give the Ways and Means Committee its requested information." He also asked Mnuchin to provide information about any Biden financial records that the Treasury Department has given to the Senate and what legitimate legislative purpose is fulfilled by complying with the GOP request.

A source familiar with the two congressional requests said there are a number of differences between them, including that Republicans aren't seeking information on tax returns.