May 12, 2016

Donald Trump has been under pressure to release his tax returns, like every other presidential nominee has done, but he's obfuscated about when he'll do it, insisting he can't because he's being audited.

NPR reported, "An NPR fact check from February found that there was no law that prohibited the release of tax returns that were under audit."

He just recently told the AP in an interview, that it's no big deal if voters didn't see his returns until after the election because, "there's nothing to learn from them."


Back in February, Romney told Fox News' Neil Cavuto, that he believes Trump had a lot to hide.

"I think in Donald Trump's case it's likely to be a bombshell,"

Since Trump, at this point will not release his tax returns, Mitt Romney took to Facebook to blast Trump one more time.

It is disqualifying for a modern-day presidential nominee to refuse to release tax returns to the voters, especially one who has not been subject to public scrutiny in either military or public service. Tax returns provide the public with its sole confirmation of the veracity of a candidate's representations regarding charities, priorities, wealth, tax conformance, and conflicts of interest. Further, while not a likely circumstance, the potential for hidden inappropriate associations with foreign entities, criminal organizations, or other unsavory groups is simply too great a risk to ignore for someone who is seeking to become commander-in-chief.

Mr. Trump says he is being audited. So? There is nothing that prevents releasing tax returns that are being audited. Further, he could release returns for the years immediately prior to the years under audit. There is only one logical explanation for Mr. Trump's refusal to release his returns: there is a bombshell in them. Given Mr. Trump's equanimity with other flaws in his history, we can only assume it's a bombshell of unusual size.
(Anticipating inquiries regarding my own tax release history, I released my 2010 tax returns in January of 2012 and I released my 2011 tax returns as soon as they were completed, in September of 2012.)

I'm all for playing the disqualification card, Mittens.

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