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Do You ‘Want The Truth’ About Trump’s Tax Returns?

Should Democrats pursue Trump’s tax returns?

by Countable | Updated on 2.8.19

What’s the story?

  • Two Republican members of Congress sent a letter to House Democrats, urging them to stop the hunt for President Donald Trump’s tax returns.
  • At the same time, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is arguing that Americans "want the truth" about Trump's taxes and “overwhelmingly” support Congress reviewing the returns.
  • The back-and-forth comes as an oversight panel under the House Ways and Means Committee conducts hearings on the returns.

What are both sides saying?

  • Republican Reps. Mike Kelly (PA) and Kevin Brady (TX) said that Democrats’ attempts to obtain Trump’s tax returns threaten the privacy of all U.S. taxpayers.
  • “We believe all Americans have a fundamental right to the privacy of the personal information found in their tax returns,” the letter reads. “This isn’t about the tax returns of presidents and vice presidents, but about making sure Congress does not abuse its authority.”
“Mandating the release of tax returns without consent is lazy legislating,” they added.
  • “Overwhelmingly, the public wants to see the president’s tax returns,” Pelosi told reporters Thursday.
“They want to know the truth, they want to know the facts,” Pelosi added. But “you have to be very, very careful as you go forward.”
  • “I’m not releasing the tax returns because, as you know, they’re under audit,” Trump told reporters in January 2017. "You know, the only one that cares about my tax returns are the reporters, okay? They’re the only ones. I won; I mean, I became president. No, I don’t think [the American people] care at all." 

What do you think?

Do the American people "not care at all" about Trump’s tax returns? Are you concerned about your own privacy being threatened? Take action and tell your reps, then share your thoughts below.

—Josh Herman

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  • burrkitty
    Voted Yes
    02/08/2019
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    Also, since apparently we cannot rely on political traditions to see candidates tax returns, make it law. 7 years of returns.

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  • Roger
    Voted Maybe
    02/08/2019
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    I would like all of congress to put their numbers up also

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  • Robert
    02/08/2019
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    Not showing your tax returns is inherently dishonest

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  • Miles
    Voted No
    02/08/2019
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    Who cares. This just comes up again now because the Senate Intelligence Committee found that there is absolutely no evidence of Trump-Russia collusion after reviewing classified intelligence that even Mueller doesn’t have access to, 300,000 documents & 200 witnesses. Hopefully Barr is going to bury the people that fraudulently started this

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  • TAT
    Voted Yes
    02/08/2019
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    I strongly believe that anyone who wants to be President needs to disclose their tax returns. Make it a law!

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  • W0Iv3rln3
    02/08/2019
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    What's there to hide?

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  • Tom
    Voted No
    02/08/2019
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    If we weren’t concerned about Obama’s birth certificate (an actual eligibility requirement) why all the fuss about Trump’s tax records (not a requirement)? I don’t think any president, past or present, has ever been completely truthful - ever. Some are worse than others.

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  • Bernie
    Voted Maybe
    02/08/2019
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    And Hillary and the Clinton Foundation and every member of Congress

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  • Chickie
    Voted Yes
    02/08/2019
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    Hell YES! Americans are approaching tax season, discovering exactly how #45’s 2017 tax law will cost the Working Middle Class and Working Poor. Most Americans will end up owing the IRS money, while the top 1% (the rich, including #45), are saving millions of dollars. #45 and the GOP are clueless to what a large majority of Americans want: Transparency, starting from the Executive Office, down to the legislative body of representatives.This includes the Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire-on-Chief’s Income Tax Returns. There is no doubt in my mind that #45 is withholding his income tax reports because they will paint a very different story about the Bozo-in-Chief, solidifying his true corrupt, and dishonorable character.

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  • OlderNWiser
    Voted Yes
    02/08/2019
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    Tax returns could well reveal possible corruption, possible money laundering, and to whom # 45 is beholden as in Russian oligarchs and their boss, Putin. I worry that the wealthy can’t truly imagine the lives of those of us juggling finances daily. Every elected official should have to reveal their income and their financial interests to the voters. Especially this corrupt narcissist.

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  • Craig
    Voted Yes
    02/08/2019
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    To be a part of the legal community to represent a citizen in court, you as (as the candidate to be a future attorney) assume and consent to opening your life to be known by that respective bar association. An individual sitting for the bar discloses past financial mistakes and credit report, prior education and experience. Literally everything is under a microscope to determine whether your character and fitness is worth to be admitted to the bar. With that being said, the President of the United States is the sole chief to the military and departments of government that answer to the general public. We have had presidential candidates disclose tax documents to ensure the general public knows that they are not tied or compromised to a corporate or foreign entity that could determine policy. So why does President Trump feel that he is above the law to say that he has privacy to his financials. That was waived when he was elected as a civil servant. He is charged for the general welfare and protection of the citizens of the US and that is never ending while he holds office. Disclosure of these documents is necessary and proper at this time. The actions of the President are erratic and questionable. There seems to be a puppet master behind this act.

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  • Kari
    Voted Yes
    02/08/2019
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    Just like EVERY OTHER president in history, he should be transparent about his income.

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  • Nick
    Voted Yes
    last Monday
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    The leaders of this country should be transparent and accountable. US citizens need to be assured that our leaders have the country's best interest in mind, not their own personal gains or those of a foreign power to whom the leader is indebted.

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  • Frank
    Voted Yes
    last Monday
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    Everything I've read about Trump tells me he has No Reguard for Truth Justice and the American Way of life. He employs Illegals and then complains that they come here to work. He opposes Chain Migration then uses it for himself.. His wife worked here illegally! Trump makes agreements and then ignores them regularly and he has every day of his adult life. He is the prime Swamp denizen and has been for thirty years, connected to Criminals, crooked politicians and dirty political tricks. He is at least a useful idiot to the Russians but more likely a paid agent due to his Russian based income which he bragged about until he decided that doesn't play well on Fox and the National Enquirer. He still helps them but now he says he doesn't know them. Thanks

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  • Peggy
    Voted Yes
    last Monday
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    As a working person I am accountable for paying my share of taxes and I believe the president should also be accountable. The only way we will know if he is sharing the load is by seeing his tax returns. From all the public reports of him bragging about his business deals, he thinks it is o.k. to cheat and states that’s “good” business. There is an old saying about not taking advise from a farmer about growing corn until you see how much corn he has in his barn.

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  • Jenny
    Voted Yes
    last Monday
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    President Trump's tax returns should be made available to the public. I support the pursuit of his information. Additionally, I support a law requiring presidential candidates to submit their tax returns for public scrutiny before being elected.

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  • Robert
    Voted Yes
    02/08/2019
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    Yes, show us his tax returns. And while you’re at it, put the pee pee tape on YouTube.

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  • Larry
    Voted Yes
    last Monday
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    Yes, yes, yes, we need to know. Any one who says he is above the law needs to show me why he is. Keep digging!

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  • Ken
    Voted Yes
    02/08/2019
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    Donald Trump says he's draining the swamp. Too many people using loopholes to cheat the IRS. Too many politicians in bed with lobbyists. Seems if Donald was being the least bit truthful he would unveil his tax returns and show how honest and ethical he is. On the contrary Donald just shows us that if you have resources and power you can easily manipulate the system. You don't send your 13 year old daughter to a known serial rapist for counseling. Dozens affiliated with the Trump Administration have already been indicted . But Doanald is squeaky clean????????

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  • Mary jane
    Voted Yes
    last Monday
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    I believe it is imperative for citizens to be able to see the president's tax returns.

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  • David
    Voted Yes
    02/08/2019
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    The framers of the Constitution never intended to hold the President to be above the law. If that were the case they would have bestowed the chief executive with the title of King.

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