Trump's Tax Returns Will Not Be Released, Conway Says
Jan 23, 2017 02:11 PM EST
Majority of the Americans are demanding for transparency but despite the clamor Presidential advisor Kellyanne Conway said that Trump's tax returns will not be released.
Already, more than 209,000 people have signed a petition for the president to release his full tax returns with all information needed to verify that he complied with the emoluments clause. Trump's tax returns will provide evidence that the president does not have any conflict of interest. But on Sunday's ABC News, Conway said that this issue has been ongoing since election and yet people didn't care because they still voted for Trump. According to her, Trump and his family are complying with all ethical rules.
Apparently there is no law that demands for the president to release his returns. During the presidential campaign, Trump became the first majority party since 1972 not to release his tax returns as reported by CNN. Back in the 1990s, there had been reports claiming that Trump used an illegal method to avoid paying taxes. Conway clarified, further solidifying her statement, that Trump's tax returns will not be released due to the advice of his accountants and lawyers although he is under audit.
Furthermore, Trump was quick to add that the audit is responsible for the delay in releasing his tax returns. He said that the public isn't interested in his returns but the reporters. However, his statement run contrary to a poll conducted last October which found that 73 percent of the registered voters thin that Trump's tax returns should be released for public review.
Moreover, a lot of people have expressed their concern regarding conflict of interest with his business dealings thus the petition to release his tax returns. Trump's plan of action was to hand them to his sons but many were doubtful. During his press conference hours before the inauguration, it has been found that the stack of papers which were supposed to be evidence of him withdrawing from his businesses turned out to be blank.