Politics

Trump: I'll Release Taxes If Clinton Releases Emails

| by Ray Brown

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has so far refused to release his tax returns.

But he told Fox News host Bill O'Reilly he will finally release them if Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton releases the emails that were deleted from her private server when she was secretary of state.

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“When is she going to release her emails?" Trump said on Sept. 6. “Let her release her emails and I’ll release my tax returns immediately.”

During an investigation into Clinton's private server, the FBI found approximately 14,900 emails that were never voluntarily handed over to the State Department, reported The New York Times.

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The FBI then gave those emails to the State Department in July, and a federal judge ordered them to be released in increments before the November election.

Trump told ABC News he doesn't believe voters care about his tax returns.

“As far as my taxes are concerned, the only one that cares is the press, I will tell you. And even the press, I’ll tell you, it’s not a big deal,” Trump said. “I think people don’t care."

But a Monmouth University poll found that 62 percent of voters do care about Trump's tax returns, reported Time.

Trump's tax returns have been a matter of debate ever since the GOP primary, when he claimed the reason he could not release his returns is because he is being audited by the IRS. Being audited is common occurrence for people with many business interests.

Whether an IRS audit is reason enough for him to not be able to show the public his returns -- a routine act for people running for president since the 1970s, according to Politifact -- is up for debate.

Pro-Clinton pundit Kurt Eichenwald wrote in Newsweek that Trump's excuse was “bogus.”

But tax attorneys told LawNewz, a conservative-leaning site, that releasing tax returns in the middle of an IRS audit would not be a wise idea.

“I advise my clients (hundreds over the years who actually experience an IRS inquiry) to NEVER release their tax returns while an audit is going on,” wrote Los Angeles-based attorney Robert Barnes. “I am certain Mr. Trump’s lawyers, very capable and well-respected in this field, have advised him not to disclose his tax returns during the audit.”

Barnes said released tax returns before an audit's conclusion “could cause anyone who has a grievance with you to misuse the released information” and also reveal business strategies one might not want revealed. 

Sources: Fox News, The New York Times, ABC News, Time, Politifact, Newsweek, Law Newz / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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