Trump says voters don't care about his personal tax returns

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  • RedShirtUSouthernNDakotaatHoople Bismarck, ND
    May 15, 2019 11:02 p.m.

    @Spokane Ute

    “No, we don't.”

    51% do; 36% don’t, so, yeah, we do.

    That was even easier.

  • Fullypresent Salt Lake City, UT
    May 15, 2019 9:20 p.m.

    Republicans and many voters didn't care in 2016 but many do now. Especially when it is highly likely he has engaged in tax fraud, has violated the emolument's clause, and has engaged in many illegal activities with his businesses. We know he did with the Trump Foundation and Trump University. He wants to play a victim but in reality he is a bully, dishonest businessman, and a volatile and unstable leader. He is getting us into wars of one kind of another with just about everyone and multiple countries. He will also bankrupt is before he is through with his spending. Is he planning on a bankruptcy by the U.S. as he has many times with his own affairs?

  • Spokane Ute Spokane, WA
    May 15, 2019 5:04 p.m.

    robin138 - springfield, VA
    May 14, 2019 3:43 p.m.

    I am a voter. I do care, and wonder what all will be disclosed.
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    Why? Do you also care about AOC's, Schumer's and Pelosi's?

  • RiDal Sandy, UT
    May 15, 2019 9:03 a.m.

    @GingerMarshall "The chair of the Ways & Means Committee is invoking Section 6103(f) of the US Tax Code, which explicitly states the Treasury secretary “shall furnish” these documents upon written request from the committee. The law does not allow any exercise of discretion from the secretary."

    You forgot to quote the full law:
    "...except that any return or return information which can be associated with, or otherwise identify, directly or indirectly, a particular taxpayer shall be furnished to such committee only when sitting in closed executive session ."

    The Treasury Secretary may be required to turn over tax returns to this commitee *in closed session*, so the public will never see its contents anyway. Trump, himself, is in no way required to voluntarily produce his returns.

  • RiDal Sandy, UT
    May 15, 2019 8:45 a.m.

    The simple fact is that there is no requirement for any President or Presidential candidate to release any tax returns.
    Despite his long political career, Bernie Sanders never released his until just last year.

    No one really cares about a President's tax returns. If there were any illegality the IRS would catch it. They very brutally audit high-income returns, you know. It is not like there is no review.

    There is really only one faction that is whining piteously for the returns: the Trump-haters. Their motive is obviously to scour through the info to find another pretext for Trump-hate. The complete collapse of the Mueller Report has left them desperate.

  • Miss Piggie Springville, UT
    May 14, 2019 8:09 p.m.

    @Daedalus, Stephen:
    "Well, it makes sense if he literally has 'nothing' to hide or even a negative net worth."

    'Net worth' is not shown on a federal tax return.

    "Similarly his actions and performance in the W.H. makes sense for someone desperate for cash flow who views the U.S. Presidency as a personal profit center rather than public service."

    It could easily be considered a profit center... The President's salary is $400,000 per year, plus a $50,000 non-taxable expense account. In 8 years that could be well over $3 mil.

    "That Republicans are considering nominating this failure for their 2020 Presidential candidate is a separate punchline."

    I suppose you'd prefer Hillary Clinton.

  • Puukko Orem , 00
    May 14, 2019 5:29 p.m.

    Trump doesn't care about mine, so I don't care about his.

  • robin138 springfield, VA
    May 14, 2019 3:43 p.m.

    I am a voter. I do care, and wonder what all will be disclosed.

  • summersky Chino Hills, CA
    May 14, 2019 3:39 p.m.

    @worf said:
    "The productivity of Donald Trump has brought in more tax revenue to our government and employment to the American people than any House Democrat. Period!"

    Why do some people regard the good economy as justification for the immorality/amorality of their leader? "Wherefore, honest men and wise men should be sought for diligently, and good men and wise men ye should observe to uphold; otherwise whatsoever is less than these cometh of evil" (D&C 98:10). That verse tells me that it doesn't matter how well the economy is doing.

    @n8aive american said:

    "Surely you must be talking about the Obama administration, or what would have been the Clinton administration. We know the corruption ran deep with those 2. But, as usual, the left turns a blind eye to their own corrupt. There's something about a mote and a timber here."

    Why do some people justify the immorality/amorality of their leader by comparing him to the other side? (See the verse I quoted above.) Have you stopped to consider that both sides might be corrupt? Why does one side necessarily have to be right? Can't they both be wrong together (but in different ways)?

  • Spokane Ute Spokane, WA
    May 14, 2019 9:43 a.m.

    RedShirtUSouthernNDakotaatHoople - Bismarck, ND
    May 12, 2019 12:24 a.m.

    “Trump says voters don't care about his personal tax returns”

    Yeah, we do.
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    No, we don't.

    That was easy.

  • EmmanuelGoldstein1984 Salt Lake City, UT
    May 13, 2019 11:19 p.m.

    "Trump Says . . . "

    Donald Trump is a certified pathological liar, having uttered more than 10,000 documented lies and misstatements just in the 2.4 years he's been in office. And that's just in public. We don't know what he says to Melania and others in private.

    So whatever he says is MEANINGLESS.

  • one old man MSC, UT
    May 13, 2019 6:28 a.m.

    "There are no embarrassing factoids in tax returns. They are to be prepared in accordance with tax law. And if they're not, the IRS will conduct an audit."

    Well, yeah.

    And hasn't trump told us over and over again that is exactly why he won't release them? "When the audit is finished, I'll release them," he has promised.

    To those of us who actually care about where America is headed, that is exactly why we NEED to see them.

  • LOU Montana Pueblo, CO
    May 13, 2019 6:20 a.m.

    How can a person lose billions of dollars, pay no taxes, and remain rich?

    Let's see Trump's taxes, I need to understand that secret.

    As for the rest of you, nothing to see here, just keep working and paying your taxes. Trump and I will filter down what you need to know. Run along now. We got this.

  • one old man MSC, UT
    May 12, 2019 8:18 p.m.

    Yup. Only about 74% of Americans polled -- including about 70% of those who identified at Republican voters and 60% who said the voted for trump -- say they WANT to see his returns.

    So in donald's twisted version of reality or unreality or whatever it is, that proves what he just said.

    Merciful Goodness!

  • Herbert Gravy Salinas, CA
    May 12, 2019 7:11 p.m.

    President Trump's tax returns are no one's business but his.

    His returns are audited routinely by the IRS.

    If he had done anything wrong, the IRS would have done something about it long ago.

    Why don't we focus our attention on important issues such as open borders, aborting innocent children and a host of other issues?

    Of course, so many of us are all wrapped up in less important items such as the President's tax returns.

    Congress should be ashamed of the manner in which it is conducting the "people's business".

  • worf McAllen, TX
    May 12, 2019 7:05 p.m.

    Will the Democrat who has paid more taxes than Trump.

    Please stand up!

  • estebanborup Brunswick, GA
    May 12, 2019 11:52 a.m.

    Don't care either!

  • Daedalus, Stephen Arvada, CO
    May 12, 2019 11:46 a.m.

    @Freiheit: "Trump says he has nothing to hide, but he spends enormous resources in time and tweets trying to keep things hidden. How does that compute?"

    Well, it makes sense if he literally has "nothing" to hide or even a negative net worth.

    Similarly his actions and performance in the W.H. makes sense for someone desperate for cash flow who views the U.S. Presidency as a personal profit center rather than public service.

    That Republicans are considering nominating this failure for their 2020 Presidential candidate is a separate punchline.

  • n8ive american Shelley, Idaho
    May 12, 2019 9:58 a.m.

    @Utah Girl Chronicles - Eagle Mountain, UT
    "This has been a play-for-play administration as far as foreign entities are concerned. We need to see how deep-rooted this corruption is."

    Surely you must be talking about the Obama administration, or what would have been the Clinton administration. We know the corruption ran deep with those 2. But, as usual, the left turns a blind eye to their own corrupt. There's something about a mote and a timber here.

  • Thid Barker Victor, ID
    May 12, 2019 8:26 a.m.

    Most Americans care about President Trump's tax returns as much as the left cares about Hillary's subpoenaed, thereafter acid washed hard drives or her paying for the fake Russian dossier! President Trump is well on his way to re-election and all the left offers is constantly hyperventilating about President Trump's taxes and their failed Mueller probe because, well, what else can Democrats do? President Trump's approval numbers in many polls are now higher than was Obama's highest ever approval numbers! Rational Americans see the Dems attempts to stop Donald Trump for what they are-partisan panic!

  • Freiheit Salt Lake City, UT
    May 12, 2019 7:15 a.m.

    Trump says he has nothing to hide, but he spends enormous resources in time and tweets trying to keep things hidden. How does that compute?

  • RedShirtUSouthernNDakotaatHoople Bismarck, ND
    May 12, 2019 12:24 a.m.

    “Trump says voters don't care about his personal tax returns”

    Yeah, we do.

  • Shaun Sandy, UT
    May 11, 2019 11:14 p.m.

    I am guessing he isn't even close to a billionaire and that he has some shady business activity going on.

    I don't need to see his tax returns because that is only one piece of the puzzle. I just think he is using the presidency to further his own interest.

  • silo Sandy, UT
    May 11, 2019 10:30 p.m.

    @dogbreath
    "And I for one will never release my tax documents to anyone no matter who they are."

    If the House Ways and Means committee wanted to see your tax documents, you would be powerless to stop them. They would send the order to the IRS and the IRS would produce them, whether you 'released' them or not.

  • UtahBlueDevil Alpine, UT
    May 11, 2019 9:22 p.m.

    "And House Democrats can only focus on Trumps tax returns and false Russian collusion?"

    Worf....And the previous 8 years..... when all those problems you mention still existed.... the Republicans did what? For the first two years of Trumps presidency, they did what? They did lower the tax rate for corporations. But abortions? Healthcare? Immigration? When they held both house and senate, and the White House, they did what again?

    See, to people like you this is all about Republicans versus Democrats. Its a game, a sport. A sense of superiority by virtue of ones party affiliation. Has little to do about actually creating a stronger union... That is the antithesis what some want. They want a divided, neighbor hating neighbor nation. Trumpism is just the flavor of the day. Before that it was the pseudo "Tea Party" people who claimed they worried about the national debt. A topic evidently that has self fixed itself.... not so worried anymore... despite a deficit growing at a trillion a year even with a good economy.

    Trump is just today's best excuse to dislike others. The rest of us do care if our President is honest. We care a lot.

  • TAS Tehachapi, CA
    May 11, 2019 9:14 p.m.

    Yes, I am interested in Trump's tax returns. I would like to know if he is obligated to the Russians or the Saudi's. If so there is a conflict of interest, and does not belong in the office he holds.

  • Utah Girl Chronicles Eagle Mountain, UT
    May 11, 2019 9:03 p.m.

    This has been a play-for-play administration as far as foreign entities are concerned. We need to see how deep-rooted this corruption is.

    It's not a question as to whether Trump is dirty. It's about how dirty he is.

  • Golden Rules Okay, OK
    May 11, 2019 8:36 p.m.

    Trump doesn't say things to share information, he only says things to convince people to believe what he wants them to.

  • n8ive american Shelley, Idaho
    May 11, 2019 8:35 p.m.

    @Impartial7 - DRAPER, UT
    Sorry to burst your little bubble, but it wasn't Russia, not did Trump "sucker" me into voting for him, but it WAS the corruption on the Left that got me to vote for him. That and the fact that Trump was/is willing to put Americans first, unlike Democrats. You may have been suckered into voting for obama and Hillary, but most of us voted for Trump because he was the far better choice.

  • Neanderthal Springville, UT
    May 11, 2019 8:20 p.m.

    @JaneB:

    "Law says 'shall furnish.' No justification required."

    Where does the law say that? Please cite reference. Tell us, does this apply only to the Prez? Or should all of Congress be required to?

    "No one should run for president if they are not willing for their taxes to be made public."

    Who cares about someone's tax return? I don't.

    "There needs to be a legal reason to withhold the taxes from congress. My guess is there isn't one."

    There is one... it's called the right to privacy. The US Supreme Court has held it is a fundamental liberty deserving protection because privacy is implied in the 1st, 3rd, 5th, 9th, and 14th to the Constitutional Amendments.

    "This is Trump running out the clock because he has no other choice. But it is (more) obstruction."

    The Dems are running out of impeachment reasons.

    @unrepentant progressive:
    "We all know that there are embarrassing factoids in Trump tax returns, we just don't know exactly what kind of embarrassment the President might suffer."

    There are no embarrassing factoids in tax returns. They are to be prepared in accordance with tax law. And if they're not, the IRS will conduct an audit.

  • Spokane Ute Spokane, WA
    May 11, 2019 5:41 p.m.

    When Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer show theirs then Trump can show his. Who gives a rap? Only the welfare liberals do

  • MK52 Arlington, VA
    May 11, 2019 5:33 p.m.

    It's just sad if we as Americans "dont care" if a criminal is running the country. It says more about us than it does about the President. The Bible says we should render to God the things that are God's and to Caeser the things that are his. I pay whatever the government says I owe them based on my income. Everyone should. Not asking too much.

  • GingerMarshall Brooklyn, OH
    May 11, 2019 4:55 p.m.

    The chair of the Ways & Means Committee is invoking Section 6103(f) of the US Tax Code, which explicitly states the Treasury secretary “shall furnish” these documents upon written request from the committee. The law does not allow any exercise of discretion from the secretary.

    Does the Rule of Law have meaning in 2019? If so, then the documents must be furnished.

    If you argue that Trump - or anyone else - can “refuse” to follow the law, then the Rule of Law has no meaning and the Constitution of the United States is a relic from a bygone era, a curious experiment that has failed.

    (Hmmm. If the Constitution is shredded the the First and Second Amendments are gone, too. You simply can’t have it both ways - either the Constitution, and the Rule of Law it supports are in force, or they aren’t. Either The IRS complies to the law, or we’re in an anarchy.

    Look closely. The Constitution is hanging by a thread. Do you help cut that thread, or not.?)

  • LOU Montana Pueblo, CO
    May 11, 2019 3:59 p.m.

    "And House Democrats can only focus on Trumps tax returns and false Russian collusion?
    What a waste of tax money! Shameful!"

    Was you as upset when Republicans constantly wasted millions investigating Hillary? House Republicans wasted over $100,000,000 investigating the Clintons.

    Republicans stagnated our economy for eight years fearing Obama would be more successful then they.

    Now, Republicans support a treasonous fraud.

    Yes it is pathetic!

  • Mary Mc Lacey, WA
    May 11, 2019 3:53 p.m.

    I am an Independent voter and I care-very much. I want to see what he is hiding.

  • JaneB Wilsonville, OR
    May 11, 2019 3:22 p.m.

    GingerMarshall you are exactly right. Trump's finances/foreign connections are very fishy. Everyone knows this, but some people choose to look the other way. We know that Donald Jr said they get most of their money from Russia. But Trump claimed during the election numerous times that he had nothing to do with Russia. We know that is false on many levels, including the Moscow Project that he lied about for over two years.

    Wonder why more people are not curious about Trumps blatant lies about his taxes and business? I guess it has something to do with the party hat they wear.

    I wish the democrats would state a better reason for requesting the taxes. This president, more than any other, needs to have his taxes made public.

    And to be clear, every poll taken over the past years has shown that a majority of voters indeed do think Trump should release his taxes.

  • dogbreath Francis, UT
    May 11, 2019 1:56 p.m.

    Yea, as the title of the article implies, I don't care about his taxes, either. And I for one will never release my tax documents to anyone no matter who they are. It's really none of your business.

  • GingerMarshall Brooklyn, OH
    May 11, 2019 11:20 a.m.

    @casual observer: “If Trump did something illegal with his taxes, the IRS should have audited him and pressed charges...”

    This is not about tax fraud. It is about who owns Trump.

    We know for a fact that US and European banks stopped funding him decades ago.

    We know for a fact that most of his funding comes from Russians tied to Putin and the Russian mafia.

    We know for a fact Deutsch Bank was part of that financing, that Deutsch Bank was investigated and fined for money laundering and that the Trump administration dismissed those fines.

    We now know for a fact that Trump lost more money than anyone in US history for more than decade *before* the Russians started financing him.

    The tax returns are an important piece to connect the dots on who actually owns Trump. As a patriotic American I’d like to know who controls the man in the Oval Office.

    Wouldn’t you?

  • worf McAllen, TX
    May 11, 2019 11:15 a.m.

    Pathetic!

    Thousands of American citizens killed because of drug trafficking, millions of babies denied the right of birth, and a porous southern border.

    And House Democrats can only focus on Trumps tax returns and false Russian collusion?

    What a waste of tax money! Shameful!

  • zipadeedoodah Lehi, UT
    May 11, 2019 9:37 a.m.

    A lot of whooplah about nothing. If they are so concerned about going back umpteen years to get the President's returns, let all these Democrats produce their tax returns for the same period.

    This is nothing more than another effort to try and bring a duly elected president down and it will come back against the Dems in the 2020 elections.

    Let Congress get to work, instead of wasting taxpayer dollars to play political games.

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    May 11, 2019 9:31 a.m.

    The Title is misleading even for the Associated Press. The House Ways and Means Committee is made up of both Republicans and Democrats. The Chairman on his own doesn’t do anything without going through the appropriate and approved House system of rules. Committee members vote but due to the election results every two-years, the Chairman is from the majority.

    The Chairman signs the subpoena that is coordinated with their legal counsel. However, the Committee voted for the Chairman to issue the subpoena.

    Republicans under the previous two years chose not to pursue their Constitutional duties by the Chair of any Committee in the House.

    They were hoping for a Republican President since 2010 that would work with them. Instead, they got a President that doesn’t understand government by, for and to the People, no matter their class, standing as citizens, race, color, religion and political party.

    Having spent time in the military and even Vietnam, this is a real quagmire today that even Richard M Nixon would not be able to endure. He got into a corner and couldn’t get out except by resigning or face the results of the impeachment process.

    His other issues would take him down.

  • casual observer Salt Lake City, UT
    May 11, 2019 9:13 a.m.

    If Trump did something illegal with his taxes, the IRS should have audited him and pressed charges. I would support this investigation if its backers were not such venal politicians themselves. They seem to be building a campaign dossier for the 2020 election and little more.

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    May 11, 2019 7:21 a.m.

    Trump is fighting to keep his base, that he suckered into voting for him, from finding out what they already suspect. That, he's all smoke and mirrors. Never was successful unless Daddy was propping him up. Real patriots would want to know if he ruined his credit in America and Europe and had to turn to Russia to keep up the charade. This is an American President, potentially beholden to our long term enemy. Enough already.

  • worf McAllen, TX
    May 10, 2019 11:29 p.m.

    The productivity of Donald Trump has brought in more tax revenue to our government and employment to the American people than any House Democrat. Period!

    Don't care about his tax returns! No House Democrat can measure up to Trump!

  • oaklandaforlife Salt Lake City, UT
    May 10, 2019 7:59 p.m.

    As we all should know by now, Dear Leader WILL ignore long ago established laws. He has NO intention whatsoever to abide to constitional law. Just show everyone your returns Dear Leader. Just do it. No more bantering about, just do it for heck's sake.

  • unrepentant progressive Bozeman, MT
    May 10, 2019 6:42 p.m.

    Geez, pulleeze

    We all know that there are embarrassing factoids in Trump tax returns, we just don't know exactly what kind of embarrassment the President might suffer. Much speculation as well as to the sources of his miraculous financial recovery after his billion dollar losses in the '90s. Junior has already admitted that Russian money was important. The question is how much Russian money and how important?

    It is also striking that the President has given more reasons to refuse to release this information than we can possibly imagine, and that most of them are scurrilous. Also, striking, where are the voices of good government Conservatives who normally would demand to see tax returns from an official in such high office.

    No good outcome will surface until we have full disclosure by the President. He is not above the law and he is not above scrutiny.

  • JaneB Wilsonville, OR
    May 10, 2019 6:27 p.m.

    -Law says "shall furnish". No justification required.

    -No one should run for president if they are not willing for their taxes to be made public.

    -What did DOJ say? No one knows. There needs to be a legal reason to withhold the taxes from congress. My guess is there isn't one.

    -This is Trump running out the clock because he has no other choice. But it is (more) obstruction.