On Wednesday, Donald Trump, Jr. spilled the beans about his father’s 12,000-page tax return by stating the inherently obvious. He warned that it could be detrimental to Donald Trump’s campaign message if the statements are publicized.
Speaking at a press conference in Pittsburgh, Trump Jr. told the Pittsburg Tribune-Review, “Because he’s got a 12,000-page tax return that would create… financial auditors out of every person in the country asking questions that would distract from [Trump’s] main message.”
To the little credit which Trump Jr. has, he did make a valid point in the interview. Although there may be a precedent for presidential candidates to allow the public to learn about their tax returns, Trump is not breaking any laws by refusing to do so.
But, this shouldn’t really matter. Trump has already explained that he won’t release his tax returns because he’s “under audit,” not because doing so would take away from his political ideas. Moreover, as New Republic noted, Trump Jr.’s statement might tip off the actual auditors that something is amiss in the tax returns, which wouldn’t be good for his father’s campaign, either.
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