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Graham: All 2020 Candidates Should Release Tax Returns

Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina called for all candidates for the 2020 presidential race to release their tax returns, including President Donald Trump.

On March 1, Graham told reporters on Capitol Hill that all contenders for the next presidential election should disclose their tax returns.

"Any candidate in 2020 should release their tax returns," Graham said, according to USA Today. "You make it a law."

Graham added that this would also include Trump, The Hill reports.

"If he's a candidate for president ... I think if you're a candidate for president in 2020, you should release your tax returns."

Trump has yet to release his financial information, despite pressure on the campaign trail and several thwarted efforts by Democratic lawmakers after he assumed office. He was the first major party nominee to not release his tax returns since former President Gerald Ford in 1976, according to PolitiFact.

Trump has repeatedly cited an ongoing audit of his returns as precluding him from disclosing his tax information. The IRS has stated that an audit does not prevent anyone from disclosing tax information to the public.

On Feb. 14, Democratic members of the House Ways and Means Committee called for adding a provision to their annual oversight plan to obtain the president's financial information. The GOP majority on the committee blocked the provision by a party line vote of 23 to 15, The Associated Press reports.

On Feb. 27, House Republicans also blocked a resolution for the IRS to release Trump's tax returns by a floor vote of 229 to 185, according to Fox News.

On Jan. 22, White House counsel Kellyanne Conway stated that Trump would not release his tax returns because his refusal to do so had not prevented him from winning the presidential election.

"The White House response is that he's not going to release his tax returns," Conway told ABC News. "We litigated this all through the election. People didn't care. They voted for him."

On Feb. 22, Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, stated that she and her colleagues would consider issuing a subpoena for Trump's tax returns in relation to their investigation into the administration's alleged relations with the Russian government.

"If it's necessary to get to the answers, then I suspect that we would," Collins told a local Maine radio station, according to Salon.

On Feb. 27, House Intelligence Committee chairman Republican Rep. Devin Nunes of California stated during a press conference that his panel would not subpoena Trump's tax returns.

"No, we're not going to do that," Nunes said.

Sources: ABC News, AP via The Denver PostFox NewsThe Hill (2), PolitiFactSalonUSA Today / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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