Trump: IRS Audit Not Stopping Me From Releasing My Tax Returns

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You probably think the headline on this post is clickbait. Nope. Here is Donald Trump on Bill O’Reilly’s show last night:

“I am under a routine audit, and when it’s completed I will release my returns,” Trump said in an interview with Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly on Tuesday, repeating a claim he has made routinely during his presidential campaign. “In the meantime, she has 33,000 emails that she deleted. When is she going to release her emails? She probably knows how to find [them]. Let her release her emails and I’ll release my tax returns immediately.”

Trump is referring to Hillary Clinton’s personal emails, which are well and truly gone, and which she shouldn’t release anyway. Nobody should release their personal emails to the public. So Trump knows he’ll never have to make good on this promise.

Nevertheless, he’s willing to release his taxes if he can get some advantage out of it. The audit isn’t what’s stopping him at all.

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