House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) suggested that Democrats could move to arrest Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin if he continues to violate the law by refusing to release President Donald Trump’s tax returns.
“As the law says, the administration ‘shall’ give. Shall. It doesn’t say ‘may,’ ‘should,’ ‘could,’ ‘under certain circumstances,’ it says ‘shall’ give those tax returns to the Ways and Means chairman,” Pelosi told the Washington Post‘s Robert Costa.
“How far can you go on that front?” Costa pressed her. “Could you hold the Secretary of Treasury Steven Mnuchin in contempt? Some Democrats have even raised the prospect of arresting the Treasury Secretary if he does not comply with congressional demands.”
“Well let me just say that we do have a little jail down in the basement of the Capitol,” said Pelosi, to a roomful of laughter. “But if we were arresting all of the people in the administration, we would have an overcrowded jail situation, and I’m not for that.”
Pelosi noted that Ways and Means Chairman Richard Neal (D-MA) has options short of arrest to compel the release of the president’s tax returns.
.@costareports: "Could you hold the Secretary of Treasury Steven Mnuchin in contempt? Some Democrats have even raised the prospect of arresting the Treasury Secretary if he does not comply…"
— CSPAN (@cspan) May 8, 2019