Checkmate! Team Trump issues counter-challenge to Hillary in response to her call for his taxes

Donald Trump had a classic response to Hillary Clinton’s challenge to release his tax returns: Show us your emails.

The Democratic presidential nominee released her 2015 tax return on Friday and called on Trump to do the same, something he has avoided throughout the election race.

The Trump campaign dismissed the Clinton challenge as a “distraction” and offered another challenge in return.

“Hillary Clinton has turned over the only records nobody wants to see from her — the American public wants to see the 33,000 emails she deleted to obstruct an FBI investigation,” Trump’s senior communications adviser, Jason Miller, said Friday in a statement.

“Hillary Clinton is at the center of an international corruption scandal that reveals her use of government authority and influence for personal gain. The records we need to see are those being hidden, deleted, obstructed and stashed away by Hillary Clinton to keep authorities from untangling this corrupt scheme that reaches into the world’s shady corridors of power,” Miller said.

The Clinton campaign claimed the candidate and running mate Tim Kaine “continue to set the standard for financial transparency” by releasing their tax returns.

“In stark contrast, Donald Trump is hiding behind fake excuses and backtracking on his previous promises to release his tax returns. He has failed to provide the public with the most basic financial information disclosed by every major candidate in the last 40 years. What is he trying to hide?” Hillary for America Communications Director Jennifer Palmieri said Friday in a statement on Clinton’s website.

But Trump , who has come under some criticism for not making public his tax information, was not taking the bait. Instead, the campaign focused on Clinton’s record and her ongoing email scandal.

“Everything she doesn’t want us to see has been digitally shredded or put under lock and key. This document release is nothing more than an attempt at distraction and misdirection by an individual who created and then purged an illegal private email server,” Miller said.

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