For months, the press has allowed Donald Trump run a presidential campaign without revealing the single-most important indicator of his financial integrity and history: His tax returns. Trump’s refusal to release his returns goes against 40 years of Presidential protocol dating back to the Nixon administration.
In January, when asked during a Meet the Press interview if he would release his tax returns to the public, Trump responded, “Absolutely”. Trump went on to describe his returns as “very, big… very beautiful”.
Only a month later, Trump used the ‘fact’ that he was currently being audited as a shield to skirt the issue. However, there are no laws barring Trump from disclosing his tax returns while he is being audited.
The reality is the American people have a right to know what is hiding in the GOP presidential nominee’s tax returns. But his team has come up with a myriad of excuses that are as inconsistent as his policy stances. Initially, the Republican nominee’s explanation was that an ongoing audit is preventing him from releasing his tax returns. Trump has not provided proof that he’s indeed being audited.
Now, in yet another shift in message, Donald Trump Jr. told CNN that his father’s tax returns were too complicated for Americans to understand.
Additionally, Donald Trump, Jr. told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that because he’s got a 12,000-page tax return that would “create financial auditors out of every person in the country asking questions that would detract from his father’s main message.”
There are growing questions about what’s in the documents, including details of investments in foreign countries. House Speaker Paul Ryan said Thursday that presidential candidates should release their tax returns.
“I released mine,” Ryan said. “I think we should release our returns. I’ll leave it to him when to do it.”
Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton has released nearly four decades of tax returns, reported CNN.