In a 33-page opinion, the Office of Legal Counsel wrote that Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, left, could conclude the Democrats’ request was really designed to make the tax returns of President Trump, right, public. Photo: Alex Wroblewski/Bloomberg News

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WASHINGTON—The Justice Department backed Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin’s refusal to turn over President Trump’s tax returns to the House Ways and Means Committee.

In a 33-page opinion released Friday, the Office of Legal Counsel wrote that Mr. Mnuchin could conclude the Democrats’ request was really designed to make the returns public, not to oversee the performance of the Internal Revenue Service.

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