Romney Thinks There May Be 'Bombshell' in Trump's Taxes

Maybe he's not so rich, or isn't paying the taxes we'd expect, speculates Romney
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 24, 2016 6:45 PM CST
Updated Feb 25, 2016 5:33 AM CST
Mitt Romney Tells Trump to Release His Tax Returns
It's like rain on your wedding day / It's being pressured to release your tax returns by Mitt Romney.   (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

In a bit of an ironic twist, former presidential candidate Mitt Romney is publicly calling on Donald Trump to release his tax information and speculating on what the Republican frontrunner might be hiding, CNN reports. "We have good reason to believe that there's a bombshell in Donald Trump's taxes," Romney said Wednesday. "Either he's not anywhere near as wealthy as he says he is, or he hasn't been paying taxes we would expect him to pay." The New York Times describes the move by Romney as "taking a page out of the playbook" of Democratic Sen. Harry Reid. Reid and others had to pressure Romney to release his financial information in 2012 only for it to be revealed he was paying less than 15% in taxes.

Trump has already admitted he pays as little in taxes as possible and has also disputed outside estimates of his net worth. He responded to Romney's claims in typical Trump fashion. "Mitt Romney, who totally blew an election that should have been won and whose tax returns made him look like a fool, is now playing tough guy," Trump tweeted. In a Wednesday night interview with Anderson Cooper, Trump said he'll decide "over the next couple of months" whether he'll release the documents. As for the "bombshell," there is none, "other than I pay a lot of tax and the government wastes the money." (More Donald Trump stories.)

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