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Dem strategist: Sanders's plan to release tax returns is 'four years too late'

Democratic strategist Jennifer Holdsworth said Wednesday that Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSunday shows preview: All eyes on Biden administration to tackle coronavirus The Hill's 12:30 Report: Next steps in the Trump impeachment Sanders selling sweatshirts with his famous inauguration pose for charity MORE’s plan to release his tax returns is “four years too late” amid the ongoing push from the party to see President TrumpDonald TrumpNYT: Rep. Perry played role in alleged Trump plan to oust acting AG Arizona GOP censures top state Republicans McCain, Flake and Ducey Biden and UK prime minister discuss NATO, multilateralism during call MORE's own returns.

“I’m happy that he’s finally releasing his taxes,” Holdsworth, senior vice president of issues management at MWWPR Public Affairs, told hosts Krystal Ball and Buck Sexton on Hill.TV’s “Rising.”

“In my mind, it’s four years too late — I hate being a hypocrite, I hate defending hypocrites,” she continued. Hill.TV has reached to Sanders for comment. 

During the 2016 Democratic primary, the Vermont senator only released his 2014 tax returns.

“In 2015, he stood up on stage against Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonBiden must wait weekend for State Department pick Texas Supreme Court rejects Alex Jones request to toss lawsuits from Sandy Hook parents Paris Agreement: Biden's chance to restore international standing MORE and told everybody he was going to release his taxes and then never did,” Holdsworth said. “Meanwhile, he was calling her out for things that were in her taxes — the reason why we knew that is because she released hers, so I think there was a lot of hypocrisy going on.”

The Democratic strategist predicted that this perceived hypocrisy could become an issue among voters as the 2020 race heats up. 

"Voters aren’t maybe paying attention now, but I think ultimately in the Democratic primary while it’s incredibly friendly right now, it’s going to get more pointed around the debates," she told Hill.TV.

Holdsworth’s comments come after Sanders announced in an interview with the New York Times that he will release 10 years of his tax returns by Monday. He added that he hopes Trump will follow suit amid renewed pressure from House Democrats

“On the day in the very immediate future, certainly before April 15, we release ours, I hope that Donald Trump will do exactly the same,” he told the publication for a story published Tuesday.

Sanders said much of his recent rise in wealth has come from his most book, “Where We Go From Here.”

“I wrote a best-selling book,” Sanders told the Times. “If you write a best-selling book, you can be a millionaire, too.”

Sanders would be among several Democratic contenders running for president to release their tax returns. Sens. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandDemocrats torn on impeachment trial timing OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: 12 removed from National Guard inauguration security | Austin backs lifting transgender ban Biden Pentagon pick supports lifting transgender military ban MORE (N.Y.), Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharSunday shows preview: All eyes on Biden administration to tackle coronavirus Do Democrats really want unity? Democrats seek answers on impact of Russian cyberattack on Justice Department, Courts MORE (Minn.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenStudent loan forgiveness would be windfall for dentists, doctors and lawyers OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Biden's Interior Department temporarily blocks new drilling on public lands | Group of GOP senators seeks to block Biden moves on Paris, Keystone | Judge grants preliminary approval for 0M Flint water crisis settlement Senate approves waiver for Biden's Pentagon nominee MORE (Mass.) and Washington Gov. Jay InsleeJay Robert InsleeBiden leans on Obama-era appointees on climate Thousands of troops dig in for inauguration OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Nine, including former Michigan governor, charged over Flint water crisis | Regulator finalizes rule forcing banks to serve oil, gun companies | Trump admin adds hurdle to increase efficiency standards for furnaces, water heaters MORE, have already released several years of their returns.

—Tess Bonn