Senate Majority Leader Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky wants GOP nominee Donald Trump to disclose his tax returns. Trump has steadfastly refused, waving off concerns they contain anything of importance.
Trump has maintained he cannot release his tax returns because they are undergoing a routine audit. This same set of circumstances did not stop former President Richard Nixon from disclosing his returns during his second term in office.
The polling group Morning Consult found that 67 percent of voters want the business mogul to make his tax returns public, undercutting his argument they hold no interest for everyday Americans, New York Daily News reports.
On May 31, McConnell agreed Trump should disclose the returns because it is an established tradition for presidential candidates to be transparent about their finances.
"For the last 30 or 40 years, every candidate for president has released their tax returns, and I think Donald Trump should as well,” McConnell told Business Insider.
The senator had previously said he was baffled that the GOP nominee would even hesitate to make his finances public, but had previously been noncommittal on whether or not he should release his returns.
“Most candidates for president have, and that’s been a tradition,” McConnell said on May 17, according to McClatchy DC. “He’ll have to make that decision himself, but that’s certainly been the pattern for quite some time.”
McConnell’s more recent statement signals the growing scrutiny towards Trump’s resistance to making his finances public are becoming a concern for the Senate Republicans.
But McConnell did not endorse a bill proposed by Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon that would make it the law for all presidential candidates to disclose their tax returns.
Proposed on May 25, Wyden’s legislation would require candidates to disclose a minimum of three tax returns no later than 15 days after winning a party nomination, The Wall Street Journal reports.
“Tax returns give honest answers,” Wyden said. “They show if you game the system.”