Trump: I'll Release Tax Returns When She Releases Emails

He's hiding something, says Clinton
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 26, 2016 8:59 PM CDT
Trump: I'll Release Tax Returns When She Releases Emails
Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton at Monday's debate.   (Rick T. Wilking/Pool via AP)

Donald Trump got the question everyone expected he'd get at Monday night's debate: When will he release his tax returns? He initially gave a familiar response: “I don’t mind releasing. I’m under a routine audit. As soon as it’s finished, it will be released," he said. But as the topic continued and moderator Lester Holt noted that the IRS has said Trump is free to release his returns, he turned the question against Hillary Clinton: “I will release my tax returns, against my lawyers’ wishes, when she releases the 30,000 emails that she has deleted,” he said, as quoted at Fortune. In the course of answering, Trump also said he made $694 million last year: "That's the kind of thinking that our country needs."

Clinton, for her part, accused Trump of delaying the release of his returns because he's hiding something. “Maybe he doesn’t want the American people, all of you watching tonight, to know that he has paid nothing in federal taxes," she said, per the New York Times. Or maybe he doesn't give as much to charity as he claims, she added. Whatever the reason, it's too dangerous to allow him to reach the White House without that transparency, said Clinton. "Who does he owe money to?" (More Donald Trump 2016 stories.)

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