On the due date set by House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal (D-MA), the White House said President Trump has no intention of complying with the request to turn over six years of his individual and businesses tax returns.
During an interview with Fox News on Tuesday, deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley said Trump has been “pretty clear” about not turning over his returns while he’s under audit.
“Once he is out of audit he’ll think about doing it but he’s not inclined to do so at this time. He turned over hundreds of pages of a financial disclosure form during the campaign,” he said. “Everyone knows he is a very successful billionaire, he’s had a lot of success in the business world. People see what he has been able to accomplish and there is nothing nefarious there at all, this was litigated in 2016 and they’ll keep pushing.”
Gidley then pointed to 2016 when Democrats tried to force the issue the first time and it “got them nowhere,” he said, before harping on Trump’s strengths over his opponent Hillary Clinton.
“The President won it fairly and squarely,” he said. “He is the President and no one cares about ridiculous charges about tax returns and all types of other things Democrats are doubling down on today.”
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— TPM Livewire (@TPMLiveWire) April 23, 2019