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Published On: Thu, Aug 18th, 2016

Hillary Clinton ad, Democrats, Florida’s Bob Graham call on Donald Trump to release his tax returns

Democratic allies are stepping up their battle with Donald Trump over his tax returns, launching a new attack ad blasting the Republican nominee for not releasing the documents while pushing a pointed piece of legislation that would require presidential nominees to make their returns public.

“There’s nothing to learn from them,” Trump told the Associated Press in May, claiming that he was being audited by the IRS and couldn’t disclose them.

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The new Clinton TV ad begins with a dated, pre-campaign clip of Trump promising to release his returns in a presidential race – and goes on to air more recent clips of Trump’s Republican critics, like Mitt Romney, suggesting the candidate has not followed through on that pledge because there’s a “bombshell” in the documents.

The ad asks, “What is Trump hiding?”

Hillary Clinton released her 2015 tax returns, making it almost four decades of tax returns that the Clintons have made public. Senator Tim Kaine released ten years of his returns and joined Hillary Clinton in calling for Donald Trump to finally show the American public the transparency and openness they deserve.

In response, former Senator and Governor Bob Graham called on Donald Trump to release his tax returns: “Each day that passes without Donald Trump releasing his tax returns is another day that he is failing to meet a fundamental obligation to the American public.

“This isn’t complicated. When you’re asking voters to trust you with the future of our country, they deserve to know how you made your money and what you did with it.

“Our state is home to one of the strongest government transparency laws in the nation and Floridians expect Donald Trump to follow the example set by every other major-party presidential nominee since 1976. Enough with the bogus excuses. It’s time we find out what Donald Trump is hiding.”

Sens. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Chris Murphy, D-Conn., also plan to renew their push Thursday for legislation known as the Presidential Tax Transparency Act.

Wyden initially introduced the bill in May. It would require a candidate to release their most recent three years of tax returns within 15 days of becoming a party presidential nominee.

 

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