Mitt Romney on Wednesday said Donald TrumpDonald TrumpJan. 6 panel plans to subpoena Trump lawyer who advised on how to overturn election Texans chairman apologizes for 'China virus' remark Biden invokes Trump in bid to boost McAuliffe ahead of Election Day MORE’s refusal to release his tax returns should make him ineligible for the presidency.
“It is disqualifying for a modern-day presidential nominee to refuse to release tax returns to the voters, especially one who has not been subject to public scrutiny in either military or public service,” the 2012 Republican presidential nominee wrote on Facebook.
“There is only one logical explanation for Mr. Trump's refusal to release his returns: there is a bombshell in them. Given Mr. Trump's equanimity with other flaws in his history, we can only assume it's a bombshell of unusual size,” Romney said.
Romney, who has feuded publicly with Trump, made this claim before as he tried earlier this year to prevent Trump from winning the Republican nomination. He experienced similar attacks during his presidential run in 2012 when Senate Minority Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidHarry Reid calls on Democrats to plow forward on immigration Democrats brace for tough election year in Nevada The Memo: Biden's horizon is clouded by doubt MORE (D-Nev.) charged that Romney had not paid taxes for 10 years.
Romney released his tax returns for two years and a summary of returns dating back to 1990 but drew criticism from Reid and others for not releasing a more thorough accounting.
Trump told The Associated Press he doesn’t plan to release his returns before the November election, saying “there’s nothing to learn from them.”
The Internal Revenue Service issued a statement in February saying nothing prevents Trump from releasing his tax returns after he blamed an audit for his initial refusal to do so.
Trump's campaign released a letter from his attorneys in March saying his returns had been "under continuous examination" since 2002. He has continued to decline calls to release his returns since then.
"I'll do it as fast as the auditors finish," Trump said Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press."
While releasing tax returns isn’t legally required of presidential candidates, it is customary, and Trump would be the first major candidate to withhold them since 1976, according to a New York Times report.
Democratic front-runner Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonThe real reason Biden is going to the COP26 climate summit Super PACs release ad campaign hitting Vance over past comments on Trump I voted for Trump in 2020 — he proved to be the ultimate RINO in 2021 MORE also called on Trump to release his returns Wednesday, saying “we’re going to find out” why he won’t.