Tea Party Congressman Urges Trump To Unveil Tax Returns

| by Kathryn Schroeder
Rep. Jason Chaffetz of UtahRep. Jason Chaffetz of Utah

A tea party member of Congress has joined other lawmakers in calling on Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump to release his tax returns and medical records.

"If you're going to run and try to become the president of the United States, you're going to have to open up your kimono and show everything, your tax returns, your medical records," Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz of Utah, who serves as Chairman of the House Oversight Committee, told CNN's Jim Sciutto on "The Lead.”

Chaffetz thinks it is what every presidential nominee should do.

"You're just going to have to do that, it's too important,” he said. “So both candidates, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, should show both their medical records and tax returns, absolutely."

Republican Rep. Sean Duffy of Wisconsin said earlier in August that Trump should release his tax returns.

"We deserve all the information about these candidates that we can get our hands on to make an educated vote in November," he said during an interview on CNN’s "The Situation Room."

Clinton has already released her 2015 tax returns, and in 2015, she released eight years of personal income tax returns.

Trump said he will release his tax returns when he is no longer being audited by the Internal Revenue Service.

In February, Trump tweeted a photo of himself signing an enormous tax return.

“Signing a recent tax return- isn’t this ridiculous,” he captioned the tweeted image of himself seated at a desk with a stack of papers that go above his head.

The tweet does not specify whether the tax return was personal or for one of his businesses, but a comment made by his son, Eric Trump, seems to clarify the matter.

"His tax return, did you see the Twitter picture, it's 5 feet tall," Eric told CNBC, according to Politico. "You would have a bunch of people who know nothing about taxes trying to look through and trying to come up with assumptions they know nothing about.”

As for medical records, both Clinton and Trump have released letters from their personal physicians that state they are in good health.

Sources: CNN, Donald Trump/Twitter, Politico / Photo credit: Don LaVange/Flickr

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