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Wed Jan 25, 2017, 01:08 AM

NYTimes Editorial Board: We the People Demand Mr. Trump Release His Tax Returns



One of the features on the White House website that didn’t vanish when President Trump took the oath of office on Friday is the “We the People” page, which allows ordinary Americans to petition their government to address an issue of importance to them. The Obama White House, which created the feature, responded to petitions that received at least 100,000 signatures within 30 days.

It should come as no surprise that that threshold was easily reached over the weekend after someone created a petition calling on Mr. Trump to release his tax returns. “The unprecedented economic conflicts of this administration need to be visible to the American people, including any pertinent documentation which can reveal the foreign influences and financial interests which may put Donald Trump in conflict with the emoluments clause of the Constitution,” the petitioner, identified as A.D., wrote. The emoluments clause bars the president from receiving gifts and payments from foreign governments. The petition had garnered more than 310,000 signatures by late Tuesday afternoon.

The administration dismisses these pleas for honesty, arguing that only journalists care about Mr. Trump’s tax returns and conflicts of interest — a claim that a recent Washington Post-ABC News poll disproved. It found that 74 percent of Americans, including 53 percent of Republicans, believe that Mr. Trump’s tax returns should be made public.

Kellyanne Conway, counselor to Mr. Trump and his chief obfuscator, told ABC News on Sunday that “he’s not going to release his tax returns,” adding that the election showed that “people didn’t care.” On Monday, she pulled back a tad, tweeting that “POTUS is under audit and will not release until that is completed.” Of course, even that comment is a ruse. The Internal Revenue Service has made clear that being under audit wouldn’t preclude Mr. Trump from making his returns public.


https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/24/opinion/we-the-people-demand-mr-trump-release-his-tax-returns.html

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Response to spanone (Original post)

Wed Jan 25, 2017, 01:15 AM

1. He doesn't care about conflicts, debts or charity. Come on

The only thing he is trying to hide is the fact he is not as rich as he claims.

It would bother him to no end when folks see that

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Response to spanone (Original post)

Wed Jan 25, 2017, 01:19 AM

2. Interesting he was so fixated on releasing Obama's birth certificate

 

Said he had to be hiding something.

Maybe Obama should come out and say the same thing about him.

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Response to spanone (Original post)

Wed Jan 25, 2017, 01:20 AM

3. Too bad there isn't a mechanism for taxpayer boycott...

on submitting income taxes.

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Response to spanone (Original post)

Wed Jan 25, 2017, 01:27 AM

4. I signed the petition - everyone needs to

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Wed Jan 25, 2017, 02:01 AM

6. Hell YEAH!

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