Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin lost his temper on Tuesday during a hearing after he was accused of breaking the law by helping hide Donald Trump’s tax returns.
Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-NJ) confronted Mnuchin during a House Ways and Means Committee hearing on his refusal to turn over the president’s taxes to Congress.
“This isn’t going to be pretty,” Pascrell noted as he questioned the secretary. “It is impossible to be polite to corruption and people who break the law. So by refusing to turn over Donald Trump’s business and personal tax returns to this committee, I think you’re breaking the law.”
“The only thing you suffer is smug rhetoric and staggering lies,” he added.
“Let me just comment,” Mnuchin said.
“I asked a question,” Pascrell shot back.
“I’m commenting because I find it offensive that you’re telling me that I’m breaking the law and staggering lies,” Mnuchin complained.
“I asked you tell me why you’re not breaking the law,” the New Jersey Democrat pressed.
“Just to be clear,” Mnuchin replied. “There’s a third branch of government and there are courts that interpret things. This is in the courts and the courts will deal with it. So, that’s your interpretation of that law. I’m relying upon legal counsel on what is our interpretation of the law.”
“So in all due respect,” he remarked. “I’m not breaking the law. You have a different interpretation. You’re not a judge.”
“Neither are you,” Pascrell noted.
Take a look at the altercation in the video clip below: