Bloomberg will sell company if elected, adviser says

Bloomberg will sell company if elected, adviser says
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An adviser to Democratic presidential hopeful Mike Bloomberg's campaign said Tuesday that the former mayor would sell his company, Bloomberg LP, if elected president, and that he would release his tax returns as a candidate.

"Mike will release his tax returns," adviser Timothy O'Brien told CNN's Christiane Amanpour. "Mike will also sell Bloomberg LP. There will be no confusion about any of his financial holdings, blurring the line between public service and personal profiteering."

The adviser sought to draw a contrast between Bloomberg and President TrumpDonald John TrumpSanders says he wouldn't 'drop dead' if Trump decided on universal healthcare Overnight Health Care: Trump officials lay groundwork for May reopening | Democrats ramp up talks with Mnuchin on next relief deal | Fauci says death toll could be around 60,000 Hillicon Valley: State officials push for more election funds | Coronavirus surveillance concerns ramp up pressure for privacy bill | Senators warned not to use Zoom | Agencies ask FCC to revoke China Telecom's license MORE, who has faced intense scrutiny for not releasing his tax returns and for maintaining ownership of his business empire after entering office.

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Trump announced before becoming president that he would put his business holdings in a trust operated by his adult sons while he was in office.

"He will be 180 degrees away from where Donald Trump is on these issues because Donald Trump is a walking financial conflict of interest," O'Brien said of Bloomberg.

Bloomberg's Democratic opponents have hit the billionaire businessman in recent days, going after him for bankrolling his campaign with his personal fortune.

Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenSteyer endorses Biden for president Biden joins calls to release racial breakdowns of coronavirus cases, deaths The Hill's Campaign Report: Biden faces tough task of uniting Democrats MORE (D-Mass.) tied Bloomberg to Trump in a tweet on Tuesday, calling the former New York City mayor an "egomaniac billionaire." 

Bloomberg has also faced backlash for unearthed comments regarding the controversial policies of "stop and frisk" and redlining, a discriminatory housing practice that made it difficult for people in minority communities to obtain mortgages.

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Warren's fellow progressive presidential contender Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSteyer endorses Biden for president Sanders says he wouldn't 'drop dead' if Trump decided on universal healthcare Sanders 2020 press secretary: Democratic leadership interested in 'corporate status quo' or 'they're planning to replace Joe' MORE (I-Vt.) also went after Bloomberg on Saturday, claiming his past positions on certain policies would hinder his ability to gin up enthusiasm on the left to defeat Trump.

"We will not create the energy and excitement we need to defeat Trump if that candidate pursued, advocated for, and enacted, racist policies like stop and frisk, which caused communities of color in his city to live in fear," Sanders said.

While Bloomberg is not on the ballot in Nevada, which is holding its presidential caucuses Saturday, he is set to face off with the other Democratic contenders during a debate Wednesday night in Las Vegas.

Updated at 6:50 p.m.