US House panel says ‘time is of the essence’ in Trump tax return fight Aug 21, 2019 0 553 12345 ReuterswashingtonA US House of Representatives committee on Tuesday urged a federal judge to quickly resolve its bid to obtain President Donald Trump’s tax returns, which the Trump administration has refused to turn over.In a filing in the US District Court for the District of Columbia, the House Ways and Means Committee said “time is of the essence” in resolving the case it brought last month seeking to compel the Treasury Department to hand over years of Trump’s individual and business federal tax returns.In the filing, lawyers for the Democrat-led committee said the current Congress will end on Jan. 3, 2021, and that a prompt resolution of issues in the case was needed to give the committee enough time to investigate Trump’s tax returns and to pass any legislation in response.Justice Department attorneys, in coordination with Trump’s personal lawyers, have proposed a “staged approach” to hearing arguments in the case that would delay its resolution, the House filing said. Under the committee’s proposed timetable, court filings regarding who should win the case would be filed by Oct. 25 and an oral argument would be held “as soon as practicable” after that.The committee filed the lawsuit after Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin defied congressional subpoenas seeking the returns, despite a federal law that says the department “shall furnish” such records upon request. The lawsuit began what is widely expected to be a lengthy legal battle that is likely to end in the Supreme Court.The Justice Department said in an advisory legal opinion in June that the committee lacked a “legitimate legislative purpose” in seeking Trump’s tax returns, and that Mnuchin therefore did not violate the law by refusing to provide them. RELATED ARTICLES EU rebuffs UK PM Johnson’s gambit to reopen Brexit deal Aug 21, 2019 0 888 Spain sends ship to save migrants stuck off Italy Aug 21, 2019 0 265 Italy’s government collapses as premier blames crisis on Salvini Aug 21, 2019 0 238 US resumes Afghan peace talks with Taliban, government: State Dept Reuters WASHINGTON A US special envoy will travel on Tuesday to resume peace talks, as the United States seeks an end to the conflict that will enable it to withdraw American troops from the country after nearly 20 years. .. Pakistan govt vows to bring Kashmir dispute before ICJ dpa Islamabad Pakistan will take its Kashmir dispute with India to the United Nations’ top judicial body, the International Court of Justice (ICJ), Pakistan’s foreign minister announced Tuesday. The announcement .. Qureshi briefs French counterpart on Indian ‘atrocities’ in Kashmir Islamabad: Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi briefed on Tuesday his French counterpart on Indian atrocities in Kashmir during a telephonic conversation, according to the Foreign Office. Qureshi apprised .. Pakistan says 9 killed in Kashmir border clashes Islamabad: Pakistan said Tuesday that three Pakistani civilians died in Indian gunfire from across the de facto border in Kashmir. Pakistan also said its forces later killed six Indian soldiers. But the Indian army ..