Mnuchin officially said he had not made up his mind on how his department would respond, but he signaled during comments at a hearing on Capitol Hill, as well as while speaking to reporters directly following that appearance, that the response to Neal would likely fit a pattern.
“We haven’t had an official response yet, I think we have a few more days,” Mnuchin told reporters. “We will comply with the timing of it, I think you can pretty much guess how we’re going to, but we haven’t made a decision.”
Neal has repeatedly said he expects the fight to eventually move to the courts.
Neal is using a provision known as IRS statute 6103 that says three people — the House Ways and Means Committee chairman, Senate Finance Committee chairman and the chief of staff for the Joint Committee on Taxation — have the power to ask for tax information on any individual and the Treasury secretary “shall furnish” it.