Wyden, Mnuchin clash over Trump tax returns, Hunter Biden probe

Sen. Ron WydenRonald (Ron) Lee WydenSenate Dems blast Barr for 'clear violation' of duty in Stone case, urge him to resign Overnight Health Care: Nevada union won't endorse before caucuses after 'Medicare for All' scrap | McConnell tees up votes on two abortion bills | CDC confirms 15th US coronavirus case Harris, Castro introduce resolution condemning Trump aide Stephen Miller MORE (D-Ore.), the top Democrat on the Senate Finance Committee, grew testy with Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven Terner MnuchinGOP senators offering bill to cement business provision in Trump tax law On The Money: Deficit spikes 25 percent through January | Mnuchin declines to say why Trump pulled Treasury nominee who oversaw Roger Stone case | Lawmakers trade insults over Trump budget cuts Mnuchin defends Treasury regulations on GOP tax law MORE on Wednesday during an exchange over the department's response to information requests.

Wyden criticized Mnuchin for refusing to comply with a request from House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard NealRichard Edmund NealWyden, Mnuchin clash over Trump tax returns, Hunter Biden probe Overnight Health Care: House panel advances legislation on surprise medical bills | Planned Parenthood, ACLU sue over Trump abortion coverage rule | CDC identifies 13th US patient with coronavirus White House warns of raising health costs in debate over surprise medical bills MORE (D-Mass.) for President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump administration eyes proposal to block jet engine sales to China: report Trump takes track to open Daytona 500 Brazile 'extremely dismayed' by Bloomberg record MORE's tax returns, even as Treasury complies with requests for financial records from Senate GOP chairmen. Wyden said the move "looks political."

Wyden did not mention specifics of the GOP probe but appeared to be referring to the investigation from Finance Committee Chairman Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyOvernight Health Care: Nevada union won't endorse before caucuses after 'Medicare for All' scrap | McConnell tees up votes on two abortion bills | CDC confirms 15th US coronavirus case Mnuchin defends Treasury regulations on GOP tax law Wyden, Mnuchin clash over Trump tax returns, Hunter Biden probe MORE (R-Iowa) and Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold JohnsonFather of Parkland shooting victim calls on Congress to take action Senators to meet with Zelensky after impeachment trial Wyden, Mnuchin clash over Trump tax returns, Hunter Biden probe MORE (R-Wis.) are conducting about Hunter Biden, Burisma Holdings and Ukraine.

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In that investigation, Grassley and Johnson have sought suspicious activity reports (SARs) from Treasury's Financial Crimes Enforcement Network. SARs are reports that financial institutions file about actions that might suggest criminal activity in an effort to help detect and prevent money laundering.

“It looks to me like there’s a double standard here,” Wyden said.

Mnuchin said that he hasn't provided Neal with Trump's tax returns because Treasury has "significant concerns" about the request on the advice of counsel. He said the tax return request is "very different" from requests for SARs.

“On a bipartisan basis, we have responded to thousands of SARs requests to the committees from both Republicans and Democrats,” Mnuchin said.

Wyden appeared to be unsatisfied with Mnuchin's answer, interjecting and saying, "Mr. Secretary, you are stonewalling about stonewalling."

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"That's really not fair at all," Mnuchin replied.

"Two committee chairs, one gets no response, with legal authority, that's the Democrat, the Republican gets a quick response," Wyden said.

Mnuchin said that Treasury has responded to requests from Wyden and others for "thousands of SARs."

Grassley said that his investigation with Johnson "has nothing to do with" tax returns and is proceeding methodically.