Trump Camp: He's Not Releasing His Taxes
Spokesman again cites audit as Trump himself denies ties to Russia
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 27, 2016 9:40 AM CDT
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

(Newser) – Rumors swirling that Donald Trump may have teamed up with Vladimir Putin to take down Hillary Clinton are just that—rumors, says the Republican nominee. "I don't know anything about it … It's ridiculous," Trump tells CBS News. "I mean I have nothing to do with Russia. I don't have any jobs in Russia. I'm all over the world but we're not involved in Russia." Responding to queries about whether he's receiving funds from Russia or Putin, Trump adds, "I never met Putin, I have nothing to do with Russia whatsoever." Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort backs up that position, though he says Trump won't be releasing his taxes as proof.

"Trump has said that his taxes are under audit and he will not be releasing them," he tells CBS This Morning. "It has nothing to do with Russia." Though Trump hasn't put a date on a potential release, Manafort's comments suggest voters won't get a look before the election, notes a post at MSNBC. As for the allegations of ties to Russia, conservative columnist George Will has asserted that Trump "is deeply involved in dealing with Russia oligarchs," notes the Hill. Manafort denied that in his interview.