Graham Says Tax Returns Will Need To Be Released For Any 2020 Presidential Candidates

Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina indicated Wednesday that he plans to propose legislation requiring all future presidential candidates, including Donald Trump, to release their income-tax returns, Politico reported.

Since after announcing his White House bid in 2015, Trump has been under fire for refusing to make the documents public. The president claims to be a multi-billionaire, and denies he has potential conflicts of interest due to his business relationships around the world. The tax returns might help reveal whether he has been telling the truth.

“I think that prospectively what I'll do is, any candidate running in 2020 needs to release their tax returns,” Graham declared. When asked about how to enforce the rule, the senator replied: “You just make it a law.” He made it clear that Trump, if he runs for re-election, would be forced to comply with the mandate.

The president has been claiming since he was a candidate that he is unable to release his taxes because he is the subject of an Internal Revenue Service audit. IRS officials and other tax experts have said an audit does not prevent the public disclosure of tax information.

Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, has suggested that she would like to see a subpoena demanding that Trump turn over the returns. She argued in a recent interview that the information is crucial to a federal investigation of the administration’s links to Russia. Many Democrats are outraged that Trump continues to keep his tax documents secret.

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