A lawyer for President Donald Trump is urging the Treasury Department to reject House Democrats’ demands for Trump’s tax returns.

In a letter released Friday, William Consovoy said the administration should deny the request because lawmakers do not have a legislative reason for seeking the returns. Democrats merely want the president’s confidential filings so they can search for things to embarrass him, he said.

“Requests for tax returns and return information must have a legitimate legislative purpose,” he wrote to Brent McIntosh, general counsel at the Treasury Department.

The Democrats’ bid “is a transparent effort by one political party to harass an official from the other party because they dislike his politics.”

“It would be a gross abuse of power for the majority party to use tax returns as a weapon to attack, harass, and intimidate their political opponent,” he said.

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