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THE BIG DEAL--Treasury misses Dem deadline on Trump tax returns: Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven Terner MnuchinSecurity for Trump's Mar-a-Lago visits cost local taxpayers million On The Money — Presented by Wells Fargo — Senate approves Trump trade deal with Canada, Mexico | Senate Dems launch probe into Trump tax law regulations | Trump announces Fed nominees Senate Democrats launch investigation into Trump tax law regulations MORE said Wednesday that the department will not be able to finish its review of Democrats' request for President TrumpDonald John TrumpSanders apologizes to Biden for supporter's op-ed Jayapal: 'We will end up with another Trump' if the US doesn't elect progressive Democrats: McConnell impeachment trial rules a 'cover up,' 'national disgrace' MORE's tax returns by Wednesday -- the deadline that Democrats had given the IRS to provide the documents.

"The [House Ways and Means] Committee requests the materials by April 10, but the Treasury Department will not be able to complete its review of your request by that date," Mnuchin said in a letter to the committee's chairman, Rep. Richard NealRichard Edmund NealHouse revives agenda after impeachment storm Conservative groups aim to sink bipartisan fix to 'surprise' medical bills Treasury watchdog to investigate Trump opportunity zone program MORE (D-Mass.).

  • Mnuchin said Treasury has started to discuss the issue with the Justice Department "to ensure that our response is fully consistent with the law and the Constitution."
  • He added that he would supervise Treasury's review of the request "to ensure that taxpayer protections and applicable laws are scrupulously observed, consistent with my statutory responsibilities."

Takeaway: The announcement that Treasury will miss Democrats' deadline signals what could be a prolonged fight between Democrats and Trump over the president's tax returns.

The Hill's Naomi Jagoda has more on the missed deadline here.




Trump and his allies spent the day pushing back on the Dem demand.


Trump rejects giving Dems tax returns, citing audit: President Trump said Wednesday that he won't release his tax returns while he's under audit, setting the stage for a standoff among the White House, the Treasury Department and House Democrats.

"I would love to give them, but I'm not going to do it while I'm under audit," Trump told reporters as he departed the White House for a trip to Texas.

Trump has long insisted he will not voluntarily give up his returns, citing an ongoing audit, the same reason he gave when he broke with years of precedent and declined to release his returns during the 2016 presidential campaign. The Hill's Brett Samuels has more here.


While Trump dug in, Senate Democrats pushed IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig to fork over the documents. Rettig wouldn't say Wednesday that he alone would determine how to respond to Democrats' request for Trump's tax returns, disappointing Democrats who think that the Treasury Department should not be involved.

"Remember that we're a bureau of the Treasury. We are supervised by the Treasury," Rettig said at a Senate Finance Committee hearing. The Hill's Naomi Jagoda takes us there.

  • The tax-code provision that Neal made the request under references the Treasury Secretary, but Neal sent the letter to Rettig because Treasury has delegated tax-administration responsibilities to the IRS.
  • "I'm aware of the delegation order, as is Treasury, but you must be aware that we're a bureau of Treasury and the Treasury supervises us," Rettig replied.


Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin also said Wednesday that it is "appropriate" for department lawyers to discuss the request for Trump's tax returns with the White House counsel, and that Treasury will also consult with the Justice Department on the topic.

"This isn't just about the president's return," Mnuchin said on CNBC. "This is really about the issue of protecting American taxpayers and make sure that we enforce the laws correctly."

"As I've said, we will follow the law," he added. "But this is a very important issue. This isn't just about the president and congressional oversight." Naomi breaks it down here.





Senate GOP opposition to Cain grows: A growing number of Senate Republicans are warning they will oppose Herman Cain for the Federal Reserve Board, leaving President Trump with no room for error if he moves forward with the nomination.

Three GOP senators have told reporters that they would not support Cain if Trump formally sends the nomination to the Senate: Sens. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiJuan Williams: Counting the votes to remove Trump Roberts under pressure from both sides in witness fight Murkowski wants senators to 'really hear the case' before deciding on impeachment witnesses MORE (R-Alaska), Cory GardnerCory Scott GardnerJuan Williams: Counting the votes to remove Trump George Conway group drops ad seeking to remind GOP senators of their 'sworn oaths' ahead of impeachment trial Mitch McConnell may win the impeachment and lose the Senate MORE (R-Colo.) and Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyRomney pledges 'open mind' ahead of impeachment trial Juan Williams: Counting the votes to remove Trump Roberts under pressure from both sides in witness fight MORE (R-Utah).

  • Romney told reporters that he could not support naming Cain to the central bank, while a spokeswoman for Murkowski confirmed to The Hill that the moderate GOP senator would oppose his nomination.
  • "Senator Murkowski said that she would not support his nomination," a spokeswoman said when asked about Cain.


Nomination in peril: Cain is walking on incredibly thin ice. If all Democrats vote against him, Cain can't afford to lose support from another Republican, and there are a few more GOP senators that seem poised to oppose him too.

  • Sen. John KennedyJohn Neely KennedyMORE (R-La.) said he wouldn't make a decision on Cain until he saw the results of his background check, but warned "I will vote against a nominee that I think has been sent there with a closed mind just to vote in a particular way without considering all the evidence."



Mnuchin comes to Cain's defense: While the Senate GOP revolt gained momentum, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin called for Cain's confirmation should Trump go through with the nomination.

"I don't know Cain very well, but I have every reason to believe the president supports him and feels strongly, so yes, I would think he should be confirmed," Mnuchin said during a Wednesday interview with CNBC.

Mnuchin also dismissed concerns that Cain would politicize the central bank, saying "I don't think there's any reason whatsoever to be concerned about the independence of the Fed."

"If and when these people are confirmed, I'm sure that they will have the responsibilities on the Fed board as do all the other Fed board members to uphold the mandate of the Fed," Mnuchin said of Cain and Stephen Moore, a former Trump campaign adviser whom the president has also said he will nominate to the central bank.

Trump told reporters Wednesday that Cain is a "wonderful man," but expressed doubts about the viability of his nomination.

"He's been a supporter of mine for a long time," Trump said of Cain. "As to how he's doing in the process, that I don't know. You go through a process. But Herman is a great guy, and I hope he does well."



What comes next: If one more GOP senator comes out publicly against Cain, that will likely be enough to end his chance at confirmation. The senators who've expressed concerns about him will be under close scrutiny as we get closer to a formal nomination.



Dems challenge bank CEOs on post-crisis reforms: House Democrats sparred with the most powerful bankers in the U.S. on Wednesday as the chief executives of the country's largest financial firms defended their industry's reforms since the 2007 financial crisis.

The CEOs of seven of the nation's largest banks appeared before Congress on Wednesday as a group for the first time since 2009, testifying before the House Financial Services Committee.

The bankers insisted that their firms have become safer, smaller and better corporate citizens in the decade since taxpayers bailed out the crumbling financial system, due in part to strict post-crisis regulations and capital standards enacted by former President Obama.

But Democrats were reluctant to allow the Wall Street titans to turn the page on the financial crisis.

"I'm concerned that several of these institutions are simply too big to manage their own operations, too big to serve their communities and too big to care about the harm they have caused," said Rep. Maxine WatersMaxine Moore WatersGearing up for a chaotic year on K Street Maxine Waters: Republicans 'shielding' Trump 'going to be responsible for dragging us to war' Green says House shouldn't hold impeachment articles indefinitely MORE (D-Calif.), chairwoman of the Financial Services panel.

I'll take you to the hearing here.


More from the hearing:




  • Democratic senators on Wednesday introduced legislation to expand tax credits for workers and families, saying the measure would act as a counterweight to President Trump's 2017 tax-cut law.
  • The federal deficit in the first six months of the 2019 fiscal year reached $691 billion, according to new federal data, eclipsing the full-year deficits from 2015-2017.
  • Hurricanes and other storm-related flooding are likely to cause $54 billion in economic damage annually, according to a new report from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO).
  • Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin announced Wednesday that the U.S. and China have agreed on an enforcement mechanism for an eventual trade deal during "productive" trade talks.