Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpFormer Watergate prosecutor: Trump taking the fifth would be political suicide Comey: I’m ‘embarrassed and ashamed’ by Republican party Comey, Anderson Cooper clash over whether memo release violated FBI rules MORE says the reason he can't release his tax returns is because he's being audited.
 

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"I want to release my tax returns, but I can't release it while I'm under an audit," Trump said Thursday night at the CNN Republican debate. "We're under a routine audit. I've had it for years, I get audited. And obviously if I'm getting audited, I'm not going to release a return."
 
"I think people will understand that."
 
The billionaire GOP front-runner was responding to a question about Mitt Romney's suggestion that there is a "bombshell" in his tax returns.
 
Trump says the 2012 Republican nominee "looked like a fool" for not releasing his returns until late in the campaign cycle, but insists the auditing of his own tax returns is legitimate excuse for holding back their release.
 
"As soon as the audit is done," Trump said, "I love it."
 
White House competitor Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioLobbying world Former Florida congressmen mull bipartisan gubernatorial run: report Winners and losers from Jim Bridenstine’s confirmation as NASA administrator MORE, going on the attack against Trump throughout the debate, said he expects to release his own returns this weekend.