Pressure on Trump to Release His Tax Returns Grows Stronger

Posted on July 20, 2016

If you are a regular reader of our blog, you are aware that Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has consistently refused to release his tax returns, bucking a 40-year tradition by presidents and presidential candidates who have released their tax returns.

Trump continues to refuse to release his tax returns on the grounds that he is under audit by the IRS, although he is clearly free to release his tax returns even if he is under audit.  Pressure on Trump to release his tax returns is increasing as the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, OH, continues.

According to David Brock of Media Matters for America, an anonymous Republican donor offered to give $5,000,000.00 to a veteran’s charity of Trump’s choice if Trump releases nine years of tax returns before the Republican National Convention started July 18, 2016.  Further, a coalition of liberal-leaning groups has delivered a petition bearing 427,000 signatures calling on Trump to release his tax returns.

The petition was delivered to Trump’s office at a July 12, 2016, rally held outside of the Trump Tower in New York City.  U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg told the New York Times in an article published on July 10, 2016, that she was worried about a possible Trump presidency.  A day later, she criticized Trump even more, this time mentioning his failure to release his tax returns.  We think that Trump should release his tax returns in line with other presidential candidates.  What do you think?

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