Whatever happened to Trump's tax returns?
- Author: Zachary Reyes Apr 19, 2017,
Apr 19, 2017, 12:24
Protesters in cities across the country came out Saturday to call on President Trump to release his tax returns.
Also on Saturday, a rally in Berkeley, California, that brought out supporters and opponents of President Trump turned violent, resulting in more than a dozen arrests, officials said. "They voted for him, and let me make this very clear: Most Americans are very focused on what their tax returns will look like while President Trump is in office, not what his look like".
Then, his campaign cited ongoing audits of his taxes from 2009 to 2015 and they even quietly released a letter last March from Trump's lawyers to bolstering the audit claim. "It's a routine one that continues and I think that the American public know clearly where he stands", Spicer said during his daily briefing to reporters. Organizers for Tax March San Francisco discovered the chicken and re-dubbed it "Chicken Don" to poke fun at the President for being too afraid to release his tax returns.
Trump appeared again on Hewitt's radio program and said of his returns, "we'll get them out at some point, probably".
"We'll have to get back to you on that", Spicer said.
The tax marches were much smaller, yet they were remarkable for the number of them and the number of people who took part because they were highly focused on a single issue. Congress should demand the release of his tax return.
There was no Trump tweet denouncing those people. Those calling for their release -seven out of ten American, according to one survey-argue that such disclosure yields transparency, allowing citizens to know where a president's income is derived in ensuring no conflicts of interest or the possibility of being beholden to foreign interests. "We litigated this throughout the election, people didn't care".
"I did what was an nearly an impossible thing to do for a Republican-easily won the the Electoral College! ‶He needs to show us his tax returns so that we can tell who's influencing his decisions, who he owes money to, who he's doing business with - really so we can figure out whether he needs to be impeached".