Republican Donald Trump had a ready response when he was asked by the moderator at the first presidential debate if he woulds be willing to release his tax returns contrary to his lawyers’ and accountants’ advice.
The billionaire businessman said he would do so as soon as Hillary Clinton releases the tens of thousands of emails she and her lawyers deleted — and had scrubbed from the server with BleachBit.
CNN clip via The Washington Free Beacon
NBC News anchor Lester Holt reminded Tump that the Internal Revenue Service said it’s not illegal to release tax returns while being audited.
“I get audited almost every year. And in a way, I should be complaining. I’m not even complaining. I don’t mind it,” Trump said. “It’s almost become a way of life. I get audited by the IRS, but other people don’t.”
He then segued from tax returns to Clinton’s deleted emails while serving as secretary of state, and made a proposal.
“I will release my tax returns against my lawyers’ wishes when she releases her 33,000 emails that have been deleted,” he suggested. “As soon as she releases them I will release–I will release my tax returns and that’s against–my lawyers, they say don’t do it.”
The crowd roared its approval at this.
Holt then asked Trump whether it was negotiable for Trump to release his tax returns without Clinton releasing her records.
“It’s not negotiable, no. Let her release the emails. Why did she delete 30,000–” Trump said.
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