Donald Trump once said he would release his tax returns once the Internal Revenue Service completed what he called a “routine audit.”
Then he equivocated.
Oh, and then he said he would do what he promised to do in the first place.
Then he walked it back again.
Now he is digging in even more deeply. Manhattan (N.Y.) District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. subpoenaed Trump’s tax returns as part of the DA’s probe into the hush money payment Trump made to the porn star who said she had a fling with the future president. Trump denied the fling, but paid her the money to keep her quiet. About what? Go figure, man.
A judge ruled that the DA’s request is valid. Then the U.S. Supreme Court put a hold on the release. Now the president is asking the high court to void the demand. He doesn’t want to do what he promised to do way back when he was running for the presidency.
Does this mean that Trump’s initial promise was as empty as most of the platitudes that fly out of his mouth?
I am one of those Americans who wants to see the returns. The president asks Congress to set tax policy, which means you and I have every right to know whether the president is paying his fair share of taxes. It’s been the custom of presidents and presidential candidates to release personal tax returns; the custom dates to 1976.
That’s why I have been yammering for those returns. I’ll keep yammering until we see ’em.
I feel the need to remind Donald Trump that he works for us. We are the bosses. Not him! I am one of those bosses who demands to see what I now believe my “employee” is hiding from me.
If it’s all above board, there shouldn’t be a reason in the world for Trump to ask the Supreme Court to intervene on his behalf. Isn’t that how it should work?