Tax day demonstrators demand that Trump release his tax returns
- Author: Julie Sanders Apr 16, 2017,
Apr 16, 2017, 4:33
Democratic U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, of MA, on Friday posted an online video urging Congress to force Trump to release the returns.
Protestors take part in a "Tax March" to call on US President Donald Trump to release his tax records. After the election, he said that only the news media cared about seeing the documents. Asked by ABC News what that response might be, Trump surrogate Kellyanne Conway emphatically said Trump would not release his tax returns because "people don't care".
The march is one of about 150 taking place in cities across the United States. Trump is the first USA president and the first major party nominee in four decades to refuse to release his full tax returns to the public.
"I just think that somebody has got to start holding this man accountable", Baker said.
Anger over Mr Trump's reluctance to release his returns has been compounded by concerns in some quarters that his business interests could affect his policy decisions in office such as his planned tax reform policy.
Typically Tax Day falls on April 15th, although it was pushed back this year because of the weekend and emancipation day on Monday. Although he initially promised to do so, he later claimed he was under audit by the Internal Revenue Service and said his attorneys had advised against it - though experts and IRS officials said such audits don't bar taxpayers from releasing their returns. Activists organized the mass protest, named "Tax March" in honor of Tax Day, to demand the White House to release the president's tax returns.
Saturday is April 15, the traditional filing day for federal taxes. It has been retweeted more than 21,000 times.
Joe Dinkin, spokesman for the Working Families Party, which is also planning the marches, said ongoing investigations into the Trump campaign's connections with Russian Federation underscore the need to disclose his returns.
"Paying your taxes is an American thing to do", said Claudia Stroie, 49, a mechanical engineer from CT who attended the rally in NY. Last month, MSNBC host Rachel Maddow released two pages of Trump's 2005 return that were obtained by investigative reporter David Cay Johnston.
They showed Trump paid $38 million in taxes on more than $150m in income.
That rally was about free speech, according to local news reports.
Speakers at the D.C. March include Los Angeles Democratic Congresswoman Maxine Waters, who has become one of Trump's most outspoken critics in the House of Representatives.