Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Trump admits audit has nothing to do with it, he's just not showing his taxes

Before Donald Trump announced his campaign, he said he would release his taxes. Last October, he said he’d release them when Hillary released her emails. Well, that’s done. But still no tax returns from Donald Trump.

For months, Donald Trump has held that he won’t release his tax returns until the Internal Revenue Service completes an audit of his finances. On Tuesday, he admitted that he could actually make the returns public at any time. …

The GOP nominee here acknowledged that the audit itself is not preventing him from making the returns public. Instead, he implied that there is no political advantage to doing so.

It’s been clear for months that Trump’s excuse for not releasing the taxes was not valid.

He uses the bogus claim that he can’t because he is being audited, an argument Richard Nixon could have used to block releasing his tax returns in the midst of the Watergate scandal, but didn’t (after a lot of delay). Also, Trump’s returns from 2002 through 2008 can be released without an issue—all audits involving them are over. But he wants to pretend—or should I say lie?that turning over records more than a decade old will somehow affect a current audit.

Trump is now  simply claiming that people don't care about seeing his taxes, though that's absolutely not true.

A new Monmouth University poll shows 62% of voters think it’s either very important or somewhat important to them that candidates release their returns.

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