Politics

61 Percent of Voters Want To See Trump's Tax Returns

| by Michael Allen

President Donald Trump has often said most Americans don't care about his tax returns, but a new poll shows a majority do.

A survey released by Public Policy Polling on March 15 found that 61 percent of voters want Trump to publicly disclose his taxes, while 32 percent support Trump not revealing his taxes, which he has withheld by saying he is under an IRS audit.

Another 61 percent said they would support a law that would force presidential candidates to reveal their tax returns from the last five years, but 30 percent don't want the transparency.

Of those polled, 63 percent say Trump should fully separate himself from his business interests while being president, but 26 percent don't think that's necessary.

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MSNBC host Rachel Maddow disclosed two pages of Trump's tax returns from 2005 on her March 14 broadcast.

That report brought a stern rebuke from the Trump White House, which said "it is totally illegal to steal and publish tax returns." The tax returns were not stolen; an unidentified source leaked Trump's 1040 tax form to investigative journalist David Cay Johnston, who brought them to Maddow.

In a series of tweets on March 15, MSNBC host Joe Scarborough said it was "painfully obvious" that Trump leaked the 12-year-old tax return, notes Raw Story:

This one tax return is not bad for him because he cherry picked one return from over a decade ago and had it leaked to the press.

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The Trump camp released one positive tax return to distract from Russia hearings and the Trumpcare meltdown. That's painfully obvious.

To the first pro-Trump/Putin hack that says this one cherry picked tax return settles the tax issue for good:
Not even close.

Congress must pass a bill requiring that every candidate running for president starting in 2020 release their last 3 years of taxes.

Back at Public Policy Polling, 27 percent of voters believe Trump's assertion that former President Barack Obama wiretapped Trump Tower in 2016, while 56 percent dismiss Trump's accusation about the ex-president.

Republican Rep. Devin Nunes of California, who heads the House Intelligence Committee, announced at a press conference on March 15 that he doesn't believe Obama had Trump Tower wiretapped, notes NPR:

President Obama wouldn't physically go over and wiretap Trump Tower. So now you have to decide, as I mentioned to [the press] last week, are you going to take the tweets literally?

And if you are then clearly the president was wrong. But if you're not going to take the tweets literally and there is a concern that the president has about other people, other surveillance activities looking at him and his associates -- either appropriately or inappropriately -- we want to find that out.

Nunes added it was possible that conversations between Russian officials and Trump campaign officials could have been caught up while U.S. intelligence was conducting surveillance of the Russian government.

Nunes cited former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn's contacts with Russia as an example.

Sources: Public Policy PollingNPR, Raw Story / Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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