GOP rep urges Trump to release taxes

GOP rep urges Trump to release taxes
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Rep. Adam KinzingerAdam Daniel KinzingerGOP lawmaker defends Mia Love from Trump attacks: 'I was disgusted when I heard it' Overnight Defense: Officials rush to deny writing anonymous op-ed | Lawmakers offer measure on naming NATO headquarters after McCain | US, India sign deal on sharing intel Lawmakers introduce resolution to back naming NATO headquarters after McCain MORE (R-Ill.) on Tuesday called on President TrumpDonald John TrumpAvenatti ‘still considering’ presidential run despite domestic violence arrest Mulvaney positioning himself to be Commerce Secretary: report Kasich: Wouldn’t want presidential run to ‘diminish my voice’ MORE to release his long-sought tax returns, calling it “the right thing to do.”

“I think it would be in the president’s benefit to release them, and I think as the American people, we want to see that,” Kinzinger, a frequent critic of Trump, said Tuesday on CNN’s “Wolf.” 

“We have a tradition in this country of seeing what the interests — the business interests, the financial interests — of the person leading the free world [are]. And I think this has been a distraction to him.”

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Democratic lawmakers used the occasion of Tax Day on Tuesday to needle Trump on the issue, which has dogged him since his campaign last year. Every major presidential nominee has released their tax returns since the late 1970s.

“Trump will not release his taxes [because] he has something to hide,” Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) tweeted. “He’s only out to enrich himself, his wealthy cabinet, and White House swamp.”

Kinzinger is among few Republicans joining Democrats on the issue. He has also criticized Trump for his unsubstantiated claim of widespread voter fraud, as well as his comments about the size of his inauguration crowd.

On Saturday, thousands of people protested nationwide calling for Trump's returns. The president was unimpressed, tweeting that someone "paid for the small organized rallies," and that "the election is over!"

White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Monday that Trump’s 2016 tax returns remain under audit and will not be released.

“We are under the same audit that existed, so nothing has changed,” he said. “This was something he made very clear during the election cycle.”