Turns out, the GOP presidential candidate may have something to hide.
Donald Trump has declined to release his tax returns to the public and claims that the reasoning 'has nothing to do with Russia,' The Washington Examiner reported.
Paul Manafort, Trump’s campaign chairman, said this week, “Mr. Trump has said that his taxes are under audit and he will not be releasing them.”
“It has nothing to do with Russia, it has nothing to do with any country than the United States and his normal tax auditing process,” Manafort continued. “That issue will be dealt with when the audits are done.”
There has been recent speculation about Trump’s financial and business ties to Russia, yet the Trump campaign refuses to link Trump’s tax returns to the foreign country.
Trump wanted to have a Trump Tower built in Russia and saw the foreign country as a smart opportunity to financially invest in, The Washington Post reported.
"Russia is one of the hottest places in the world for investment," Trump said in a 2007 deposition. "We will be in Moscow at some point."
In 2013, Trump partnered with Aras Agalarov, known as the "Trump of Russia," on a business project in Moscow, Russia which never happened, according to The Washington Post.
Signing my tax return.... pic.twitter.com/XJfXeaORbU— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 15, 2015
CBS’s Norah O’Donnell blatantly asked Manafort for confirmation that Trump is not financially involved with Russia.
“So to be clear, Mr. Trump has no financial relationships with any Russian oligarchs?" she asked.
Manafort replied, “That’s what he said, that’s what I said. That’s obviously what our position is.”
For the record, I have ZERO investments in Russia.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 26, 2016
The IRS has been keeping a close eye on Trump’s mysterious tax returns since 2002, as they are still auditing his old returns, according to The Huffington Post.
Before Trump decides to continue to publicly shame Hillary Clinton for her missing emails, he needs to make sure he doesn’t have anything to hide himself.
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