Donald Trump Intends To Release Tax Records, Kayleigh McEnany Says
Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany says that Donald Trump has every intention of publicly releasing his taxes — just as soon as his audit is over. Trump said the same thing in 2016 when he was initially campaigning to become president. He also said in 2014 that if he ran for office, he’d release the documents.
Thursday morning, the Supreme Court ruled that Donald Trump couldn’t, merely by virtue of being president, escape a subpoena for documents relating to a criminal investigation. Now it’s widely expected that the Southern District of New York will further pursue the president’s financial records. As the New York Times reported last year, the SDNY wants to see the documents for an investigation in allegations of illegal ‘hush-money’ payments before the 2016 election.
Later Thursday, Trump’s press secretary, Kayleigh McEnany, was asked about Trump’s continued decision not to release the documents. “Why shouldn’t the American public at this point believe that the president has something he’s trying to hide?” She responded, “The taxes are under audit. He said he’d release them when they are no longer under audit.”
Kayleigh McEnany claims Trump’s tax returns are still under audit but he’ll release them when it’s over, which reminds me I have a bridge for sale in New York pic.twitter.com/bqpvCu2qs9
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) July 9, 2020
In 2017 CNN collected a list of things Trump has said about releasing his returns. In 2014, Trump said “If I decide to run for office, I’ll produce my tax returns, absolutely. And I would love to do that.” In 2015, he said he would “if it was necessary.”
As time went on, he hinged the release of his tax returns on other things: Hillary Clinton’s emails, and the end of his audit. Reuters reported, in fact, that as far back as 2011, Trump offered to release his tax returns in exchange for President Barack Obama’s birth certificate. (Obama did release that document.)