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Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin (L) speaks with chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee Richard Neal. Photo: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images

Democrats have long promised to get hold of President Trump’s tax returns once they retook the House, but House Ways and Means Committee chair Richard Neal’s lack of urgency to submit a request — 3 months into the new Congress — means that the documents might not be handed over before the 2020 elections, the HuffPost reports.

The state of play: Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, who would have to respond to a request to turn over the documents, has declined to explicitly say whether he would release them, telling Congress "based on the request, we will examine it, and we will follow the law." This could raise the likelihood of a prolonged battle in court.

Per the HuffPost, Neal has said the committee's lawyers are working carefully to put Democrats in "the most advantageous position possible for the expected court fight," but he has yet to commit to a timeline.

  • According to Ways and Means member Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-N.J.), the court process could take 8 or 9 months, meaning the request would have to be submitted soon if Democrats don't want to be perceived as interfering with the 2020 campaign.

Go deeper: The 2020 candidates who have released their latest tax returns

Editor's note: This article has been corrected to note Mnuchin's quotes on the Trump tax returns. It originally claimed that Mnuchin "has said he will not release them."

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The Fed could be firing up economic stimulus in disguise

Federal Reserve governor Lael Brainard at a "Fed Listens" event. Photo: Eric Baradat / AFP via Getty Images.

Even as global growth expectations increase and governments pile on fiscal spending measures central bankers are quietly restarting recession-era bond-buying programs.

Driving the news: Comments Tuesday from Fed governor Lael Brainard suggest the Fed may be jumping onboard the global monetary policy rethink and restarting a program used following the 2008 global financial crisis.

Democrats' hypocrisy moment

Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios. Photo: Ray Tamarra/Getty Images

Gov. Andrew Cuomo should be facing explicit calls to resign from President Biden on down, if you apply the standard that Democrats set for similar allegations against Republicans. And it's not a close call.

Why it matters: The #MeToo moment saw men in power run out of town for exploiting young women. Democrats led the charge. So the silence of so many of them seems more strange — and unacceptable by their own standards — by the hour.

Police officers' immunity from lawsuits is getting a fresh look

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Nearly a year after the death of George Floyd, advocates of changes in police practices are launching new moves to limit or eliminate legal liability protections for officers accused of excessive force.

Why it matters: Revising or eliminating qualified immunity — the shield police officers have now — could force officers accused of excessive force to personally face civil penalties in addition to their departments. But such a change could intensify a nationwide police officer shortage, critics say. 

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