Politics

Trump Says He'll Release Tax Returns On One Condition

| by Sarah Zimmerman

Republican nominee Donald Trump told Fox News host Bill O'Reilly that he would release his tax returns to the public on one condition: if Hillary Clinton releases her deleted emails.

Trump is the first presidential candidate from a major party since 1976 to not release his tax returns, according to AOL. While presidential candidates aren't required to release their tax returns, it has become an expectation. By refusing to release his returns, Trump is violating a bipartisan tradition of transparency.

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During a Sept. 6 interview on "The O'Reilly Factor," Trump was asked if he will release his returns in the near future, given that his running mate Indiana Gov. Mike Pence is set to do so, according to Talking Points Memo.

Trump maintained that he would not release his returns because he is currently being audited by the IRS.

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"When the audit is complete I will release my returns," he told O'Reilly. "I have no problem with it. It doesn’t matter."

When O'Reilly mentioned that an audit does not prevent a person from disclosing his or her tax returns, Trump simply replied, saying, "Nobody would recommend that."

He then went on to say that we would release his returns, even during his audit, under one condition.

"[Clinton] has 33,000 emails that she deleted. When is she going to release her emails? She probably knows how to find it. Let her release her emails and I will release my tax returns immediately."

Trump continued, saying that nobody outside the media truly cares if he releases his tax returns or not, according to AOL.

"Fact is, you get very little information from the tax return," he told O'Reilly.

Clinton released her 2015 tax returns on Aug. 15, showing that her and her husband, former president Bill Clinton, made a collective $10.6 million in 2015, CNN reports. The Clinton campaign has put pressure on Trump to release his, suggesting he may be hiding something.

"In stark contrast, Donald Trump is hiding behind fake excuses and backtracking on his previous promises to release his tax returns," said Clinton's communications director Jennifer Palmieri in a statement. "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?"

Sources: AOL, TPM, CNN / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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