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Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney took to social media to announce that there can be but one explanation for Donald Trump’s refusal to release his tax records.
There’s something hidden in there that the presumptive Republican presidential nominee doesn’t want revealed — a “bombshell of unusual size.”
He began his Facebook post by laying out the tradition of releasing tax records in modern-day presidential politics.
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.
Romney then concluded there could be but one reason for Trump’s refusal to release his records.
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.
But wait — wasn’t there a controversy centered on Romney’s own tax records? Romney addressed that as well.
(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.)
In a January, 2012 telephone interview, Trump told Fox News Channel’s “Fox and Friends” that then-Republican presidential candidate Romney should release his own tax records. He additionally said that releasing his own tax records wouldn’t deter him from running for office.
“I actually think it’s a great thing when you can show that you’ve been successful,” he said. “I think that actually Mitt Romney is starting to do that.”
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Here’s Trump in January 2012, still mulling a Presidential run, getting asked about releasing his tax records: pic.twitter.com/Nv9CgkwtgK
— Jimmy (@JimmyPrinceton) February 25, 2016
Clip via Fox News Channel.
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