McConnell on Trump tax returns: 'Tradition' is to release them

McConnell on Trump tax returns: 'Tradition' is to release them

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellCongress averts shutdown after vaccine mandate fight House sets up Senate shutdown showdown Biden says he doesn't believe a government shutdown will happen MORE (R-Ky.) on Tuesday suggested that presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald TrumpDonald TrumpBaldwin calls Trump criticism following 'Rust' shooting 'surreal' Haley hits the stump in South Carolina Mary Trump files to dismiss Trump's lawsuit over NYT tax story MORE should release his tax returns.

“Most candidates for president have, and that’s been the tradition," McConnell told reporters. "He’ll have to make that decision himself, but that’s certainly been the pattern for quite some time."

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Trump has refused to release his tax returns so far, as nearly all major presidential candidates do.

The business mogul claims he's been audited by the Internal Revenue Service for 12 years and that his tax rate is "none of your business.

Democrats and Republicans have criticized Trump's refusal, insisting something unsavory must be buried in the returns.

Mitt Romney, the 2012 Republican nominee, claimed there's a "bombshell" in Trump's returns, and Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonRepublican Ohio Senate candidate slams JD Vance over previous Trump comments Budowsky: Why GOP donors flock to Manchin and Sinema Countering the ongoing Republican delusion MORE's campaign has questioned what it could be.