U.S. Treasury says Trump has privacy rights over any tax return request

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FILE PHOTO: U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin speaks at the Jordan Growth and Opportunity Conference in London, Britain February 28, 2019. REUTERS/Toby Melville/Pool

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Treasury will try to shield President Donald Trump from a congressional request to see his tax returns but its efforts to protect his privacy will be the same given any taxpayer, the Treasury secretary said on Thursday.

“We will protect the president as we would protect any individual taxpayer under their rights,” Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said at a hearing in the U.S. House of Representatives, saying he had met with legal experts at the Treasury Department to discuss the matter.

Reporting by Jason Lange; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama

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