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Dear Beltway Media: Speech Transcripts Have Nothing To Do With Releasing Tax Returns

But don't tell Jake Tapper that.
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In a primary contest like the one Bernie and Hillary have been waging, it was fair game to ask for Hillary's speech transcripts to be released since his campaign has made Wall Street and campaign financing big issues.

However, Hillary has no obligation to do so since it has never part of the lexicon of requirements to which a presidential candidate must submit. Her stance has hurt her with some Democratic voters and that's her choice to make.

Yet, when it comes to tax returns, it has been firmly established that presidential nominees of each party must release their tax returns to the general public. We have over forty years of precedent on this matter. Every candidate has done so since 1976, after Richard Nixon and Spiro Agnew proved them necessary.

If a candidate refuses to release them, then there must be something very damaging to their candidacy. Mitt Romney got heat for only paying 15% on his taxes, but that didn't sink his chances. His 47%er remarks were much more damaging to him.

The fact that Donald Trump is refusing to release his returns based on the lie that he's facing an IRS audit should raise red flags to all media outlets and they should not let Trump weasel his way out of releasing them.

Media should not act like a John Miller phony PR person for the Trump campaign by equating HRC's refusal to release her speech transcripts as the equal to his tax returns.

CNN's Jake Tapper did a good job of trying to hash out this problem with Trump while interviewing Paul Manafort, when he stated, "But you know Nixon released his returns while under audit. And Donald Trump released his returns to a gaming commission, I believe, while under audit when he was trying to get a casino in New Jersey."

Exactly. Trump has been caught in a massive lie. IOKIYDT (It's OK If You're Donald Trump)

Then surprisingly, Tapper morphed into Trump spokeswoman Katrina Pierson, and did exactly what she would have done.

TAPPER: Now, it is true that Bill and Hillary Clinton have made their tax returns public dating back to 1977.

But -- but, Senator Brown, given that Hillary Clinton has refused to release the transcripts of those paid speeches to Goldman Sachs and that she had to essentially be dragged into giving her e-mails to the State Department, isn't Hillary Clinton a flawed messenger when it comes to transparency?

Check out his voice inflections and the look on his face as he says these words. It's almost as if Donald Trump is the aggrieved party in all of this and Tapper is just there to voice his frustration.

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