Trump: Voters in 2016 'didn't care' I withheld tax returns

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump's newest Russia adviser, Andrew Peek, leaves post: report Hawley expects McConnell's final impeachment resolution to give White House defense ability to motion to dismiss Trump rips New York City sea wall: 'Costly, foolish' and 'environmentally unfriendly idea' MORE tweeted on Saturday that voters did not care whether he released his tax returns during the 2016 election, bucking a tradition set by presidential candidates in past elections. 

"I won the 2016 Election partially based on no Tax Returns while I am under audit (which I still am), and the voters didn’t care," he said. 

"Now the Radical Left Democrats want to again relitigate this matter. Make it a part of the 2020 Election!" he added. 

Trump's tweet follows a Friday announcement by House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard NealRichard Edmund NealTreasury watchdog to investigate Trump opportunity zone program House poised to hand impeachment articles to Senate House to vote Wednesday on sending articles of impeachment to Senate MORE (D-Mass.), who said he has subpoenaed six years' worth of the president's returns. Neal previously requested Trump's tax returns for the years 2013 to 2018 on April 3, but Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven Terner MnuchinSecurity for Trump's Mar-a-Lago visits cost local taxpayers million On The Money — Presented by Wells Fargo — Senate approves Trump trade deal with Canada, Mexico | Senate Dems launch probe into Trump tax law regulations | Trump announces Fed nominees Senate Democrats launch investigation into Trump tax law regulations MORE rejected the request, saying it did not have a legitimate legislative purpose.

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Democrats also have escalated their calls for Trump's tax returns following a New York Times report based on the president's IRS statements from decades ago. The newspaper reported that the 10 years of 1980s and 1990s returns showed that Trump lost $1.17 billion and paid income taxes during just two of those years. 

Trump has refused to disclose his tax returns, repeatedly insisting that he is not allowed to do so because they are "under audit."