GOP senator: I'd like to see Trump's taxes

Sen. John KennedyJohn Neely KennedyMORE (R-La.) on Thursday said he “would like to” see President TrumpDonald John TrumpSchiff blasts Trump for making 'false claims' about Russia intel: 'You've betrayed America. Again.' Poll: Sanders leads 2020 Democratic field with 28 percent, followed by Warren and Biden More than 6 in 10 expect Trump to be reelected: poll MORE’s tax returns despite the president's repeated claims he cannot disclose them due to an audit.

“I think he has, if you take the president at his word, a legitimate reason for not turning them over, he says he’s in the middle of an audit and his CPAs say don’t turn them over,” Kennedy said in an appearance on CNN.

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“I think all things being equal I would like to see presidents' taxes. I wouldn’t be averse to turning over my taxes, I don’t have anything to hide.”

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard NealRichard Edmund NealWyden, Mnuchin clash over Trump tax returns, Hunter Biden probe Overnight Health Care: House panel advances legislation on surprise medical bills | Planned Parenthood, ACLU sue over Trump abortion coverage rule | CDC identifies 13th US patient with coronavirus White House warns of raising health costs in debate over surprise medical bills MORE (D-Mass.) sent a letter yesterday to formally request Trump’s personal and business tax returns from 2013 to 2018 by April 10.

Kennedy said the request was “probably within [Neal’s] purview,” but added he believes Neal “has an ulterior motive.”

“I think the chair hates President Trump, he doesn’t appear to me to be objective,” Kennedy said. “Everything he says is hateful about the president.”

Kennedy told CNN's Alisyn Camerota that a series of sweeping investigations of Trump launched by the Democratic-controlled House were intended “to give Trump as much trouble as they can and try to beat him in 2020.” Trump has repeatedly characterized the numerous investigations as “presidential harassment.”

Trump has repeatedly cited an audit to avoid the disclosure of his taxes, although audits do not prevent people from releasing their own information.

"I’m always under audit, it seems,” Trump said Wednesday. “But I’ve been under audit for many years because the numbers are big, and I guess when you have a name you’re audited."