Democrats want to use the latest revelation of President Donald Trump's tax returns to pressure the president into releasing the rest of his tax information.
Although releasing tax information has been a common practice among presidential candidates of both major parties, and even though the presidential race has been over since Nov. 8, 2016, Democrats are turning up the heat on Trump to release his tax information after MSNBC's Rachel Maddow reported on two pages of Trump's 2005 tax returns.
Those two pages showed that Trump paid $38 million in taxes on about $150 million in earnings.
"The White House's willingness to release some tax information when it suits them proves Donald Trump's audit excuse is a sham," read a statement from the party's senior adviser, Zac Petkanas, according to NBC News reporter Bradd Jaffy on Twitter. "If they can release some of the information, they can release all of the information. The only reason not to release tax returns is to hide what's in them such as financial connections to Russian oligarchs and the Kremlin."
Petkanas' statement indicates that Democrats believe Trump released those two pages of his tax return on purpose. And Trump's refusal to release his tax returns have been a point of attack for Democrats since the 2016 presidential campaign.
"He is not going to release his tax returns between now and the time you start voting," former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said on Nov. 7 in Michigan, a state she ended up losing, reported CNN. "And that sort of suggests there must be something really terrible in those tax returns because everyone else for more than 40 years has released them. So we will still wonder."
And Democrats' attack on Trump's refusal to release his tax returns is not without reason.
According to an ABC News/Washington Post poll in January, 74 percent of respondents said they wanted to see the president's tax returns.
But there is also worry among Democrats that a renewed focus on Trump's tax returns is a distraction from the current debate on healthcare.
"Dems should return focus to Trumpcare tomorrow & the millions it will leave uninsured, not get distracted by two pages from '05 tax return," tweeted Brian Fallon, a former adviser to former President Barack Obama.