Trump to Clinton: Turn Over Emails and I Will Release Tax Returns

During Monday night’s first general-election presidential debate, Donald Trump attempted to deflect criticism of his refusal to disclose his tax records by blasting Hillary Clinton.

“I will release my tax returns — against my lawyer’s wishes — when she releases her 33,000 emails that have been deleted,” the Republican nominee said, referring to Clinton’s controversial use of a private email server while she was secretary of state. Part of the audience, which had been told to remain silent, cheered Trump’s comments.

Clinton fired back, alleging that her opponent might be hiding his tax returns for several reasons. She suggested that the documents could prove Trump is not as wealthy as he claims to be, that he has not made charitable contributions or that he has “paid nothing in federal taxes.”

CNBC noted that most Republican presidential candidates since 1970 have released their returns. Democrats are pressuring Trump to turn over his records, and polls show that most voters think he should do so. The real-estate mogul claims he cannot release his returns because the Internal Revenue Service is auditing him. He promised again Monday night to make the documents public when the audit is completed. According to the IRS, though, an audit does not prevent anyone from releasing returns.

Clinton and her ex-president husband disclosed their 2015 IRS filing last month. They paid an effective federal tax rate of 34.2 percent and an effective combined tax rate of 43.2 percent, CNBC reported.

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