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Default Spicer: Trump won't release taxes because of audit

The IRS has said that an audit wouldn't prohibit Trump from releasing any tax returns, and he has repeatedly said he would over and over again before the election that he would. Being under an automatic audit hasn't stopped any president from releasing his tax returns either.

They need better excuses for why Trump lied to everyone.

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White House press secretary Sean Spicer said that President Trump's 2016 tax returns are under audit and will not be released, pointing to a decades-old rule that automatically places the president's returns under audit.

"The president is under audit, it's a routine one, it continues, and I think the American public knows clearly where he stands, this was something he made very clear during the election cycle," Spicer said during Monday's press briefing.

"We are under the same audit that existed, so nothing has changed."

Spicer's remarks came after Trump critics rallied across the country Saturday the United States's traditional tax deadline to call for Trump to release his returns.

Trump broke with long-standing precedent during the presidential campaign by refusing to release his tax returns, and has continued to refuse to release them as president. While Trump has cited the audit in defending his decision not to release the taxes, the IRS has stated that the audit doesn't prevent Trump from making his records public.

Presidents have faced an automatic audit since the fallout from the Watergate scandal administration. The IRS told McClatchy in a November statement that the provision meant audits for every president and vice president since former President Nixon.

Trump refused to release his taxes throughout the campaign, bucking decades of tradition and drawing the ire of his opponents who questioned whether he was hiding business dealings that could look unfavorable. Democrats in the House have attempted to obtain Trump's taxes through committee votes, but have been stymied by Republican lawmakers.

When asked later in the briefing whether Trump would ever release his taxes, Spicer said "We will have to get back to you on that."

He also swatted aside questions about whether President Trump would order the Internal Revenue Service to confirm the existence of and detail the extent of an audit he faces. While the IRS does not comment on individual Americans' returns, Trump could direct them to do so since the IRS is part of the executive branch.

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Default Re: Spicer: Trump won't release taxes because of audit

This captures the spin of the OP.

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Spicer's remarks came after Trump critics rallied across the country Saturday the United States's traditional tax deadline to call for Trump to release his returns.
Violent riots by Leftist thugs are not the civil rallies of citizens protesting against their government. Yet the OP tries to sanitize the latest instance of partisan violence as "criticism".

From virtually the moment Trump won the election violent thugs have taken to the streets protesting the results. Actual policy doesn't matter, as long as it's anti Trump fill in the blank and let's have a riot. Even overtly peaceful marches like the Women's march featured speakers who bragged about thinking of "blowing up the White House. Violence is back in fashion if it is directed against Trump.

It is pathetic to see the rhetorical backflips trotted out to gloss over violent riots protesting tax returns.
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Old 04-18-2017, 01:25 PM
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Default Re: Spicer: Trump won't release taxes because of audit

Trump stated during the campaign he'd release his tax returns when the audit is over.

Doesn't matter if he's legally allowed to or not. Trump's lawyers told him it's not wise to release 'em while under audit.

So he's not.
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