On Friday morning tax lawyers representing sent a letter to the Associated Press claiming that his tax returns show no equity “of investment by Russia except for a few exceptions.” They claim one exception was when the Miss Universe pageant was held in Moscow. The Hill reports:
The report sparked backlash online as many questioned the “with few exceptions” caveat, and continued calls for Trump to release his tax returns.
Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-N.J.), a leader of Democrat efforts requesting the release of Trump’s tax returns, tweeted “exceptions?” following the report.
— Bill Pascrell, Jr. (@BillPascrell) May 12, 2017
Congressional Democrats have repeatedly pushed the tax return issue in Congress. They’ve argued that it’s important to see Trump’s tax returns to learn about his potential ties to Russia and that lawmakers need to know how he would benefit from any tax-reform legislation.
Earlier this year, House Democrats offered resolutions for six consecutive weeks that would direct the House to request Trump’s tax returns from the Treasury Department. In April, they started an effort to force a House floor vote on a bill to require presidents and presidential nominees to disclose their tax returns.
While a number of Republican lawmakers have said they want Trump to release his tax returns, most have been reluctant to join Democrats’ efforts on the topic. They’ve said that Trump should release his returns voluntarily and that it’s not against the law for Trump to keep them private.
The tax return saga has continued, and it looks like the President is just using the tax return story to get a rise out of the media. Do you think the President should have to release his tax returns?