Is Trump colluding with Russia or enriching himself off the presidency? There’s one easy way to find out. Every president since Carter has released their tax returns for a simple reason: it demonstrates that they don’t have conflicts of interests. But Trump has refused to release his tax returns. This would be unacceptable for any president, and it’s particularly shocking given the global reach of Trump’s businesses, including those tied to Russia.
Until we see Trump’s tax returns, we cannot be certain that foreign governments don’t have leverage over Trump that can be used to influence American policy. And we can’t be certain that he’s acting in the best interests of Americans. The integrity of American democracy is at stake here, and Congress needs to defend it.
Congress has power to get his returns…but they’re sitting on their hands. Trump isn’t a king—he can’t simply mandate that his tax returns remain hidden. Congress has the power to get his tax returns. But they’re refusing to use this power, largely because Republicans in the House and Senate are blocking efforts to do so.
This is simply unacceptable. Members of Congress are standing up for Trump instead of standing up for their country and their constituents. Given the importance to our democracy and to national security, Congress should step in and make Trump’s returns public. This is why our founders established our system of checks and balances in the first place—to ensure that no single branch of government gets away with abuses of power.
THE PRESIDENTIAL TAX TRANSPARENCY ACT
This simple bill would require President Trump and future major party presidential nominees to release the three most recent years of their tax returns, with only minor redactions for privacy. If they refuse, the Treasury would provide the returns to the Office of Government Ethics or Federal Election Commission.
This is a bipartisan bill in the House, with support on both sides of the aisle.
We demand that Congressman Paul Cook take a stand and protect our democracy by co-sponsoring the Presidential Tax Transparency Act, or H.R. 305.
— Adapted from indivisibleguide.com.