March 7, 2017

Trump, Show Us Your Taxes!

Congressional Democrats to Take Actions Around Trump’s Failure to Follow Precedent

Note: Donald Trump is the first president in more than 40 years to refuse to release his tax returns. Today, U.S. Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.) will ask the U.S. House of Representatives to take up the “Presidential Tax Transparency Act” (H.R. 305) in an effort to compel the release of Trump’s tax returns. Below are statements from two Public Citizen policy experts in support of the Eshoo measure.

“It is unconscionable that we have a sitting president with vast financial holdings spanning the globe who refuses to release his tax returns. Disclosure is imperative for the American public to determine whether Trump’s official actions are being made in the public’s interest or in Trump’s personal interest.”

- Craig Holman, government affairs lobbyist, Public Citizen’s Congress Watch division

“Transparency of Trump’s taxes even qualifies as a national security issue. Trump’s foreign policy decisions on Russia, for instance, could well be affected by personal financial stakes Trump may have in the region. If he doesn’t have any financial interests in Russia, show us.”

- Lisa Gilbert, vice president of legislative affairs, Public Citizen

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