Kirsters Baish| It was announced today that the state Senate of Rhode Island passed a piece of legislation which would require that all presidential and vice presidential candidates make their personal tax returns public, otherwise they would not be allowed on the state’s ballot.
The bill passed with a 34 to 3 vote, and is now on its way to the state House.
The head sponsor of the bill, Democratic Senator Gayle Goldin, stated that every single person who has run for presidency in the United States since President Richard Nixon has released their personal tax returns voluntarily. President Donald Trump, however, did not.
Goldin demanded, “Tax returns provide essential information about candidates’ conflicts of interest.”
While Trump was running for presidency, liberals gave him a very hard time for not releasing his tax returns to the public. In May of 2016, Trump stated that he did not release the information because the filings were under audit by the IRS. He then stated that he would release the returns once the IRS completed it.
In interview I told @AP that my taxes are under routine audit and I would release my tax returns when audit is complete, not after election!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 11, 2016
Tax experts throughout the media agree that no sane person would give their tax returns during an audit. After the audit, no problem!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 27, 2016
It was stated by the IRS that a candidate is still able to release their own tax information, despite the fact that an audit is taking place.
Insider.foxnews.com reports of Trump’s tax returns:
The only portion of his tax returns to come out publicly was part of his 2005 return, which was leaked to MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow in March 2017.
During a 2016 presidential debate, Hillary Clinton accused Trump of refusing to release the returns because they would show his failure to pay federal taxes.
“That makes me smart,” Trump countered.
The Associated Press reports:
The Rhode Island Senate has passed a bill that would require presidential and vice presidential candidates to file five years’ worth of tax returns in order to appear on the state’s ballots.
The Senate voted 33-3 in favor of the measure. A House version has been held in a committee.
It was stated by spokesman for the Senate, Greg Pare, that if the bill passes, Trump’s name would not be on the 2020 ballot, unless he were to make his tax returns public.
Goldin did not mention Trump exclusively, when sponsoring the bill, but she did say, however, that “this president” was the first presidential candidate since Richard Nixon to not release the documents.
The Associated Press reports that Goldin stated, “Tax returns provide essential information about candidates’ conflicts of interest” which aren’t available to the public otherwise.
After the vote, Goldin would not say whether or not the bill was personal when it came to President Trump.
“We just have no idea how much of his policymaking is driven by his own financial gain,” she said in reference to Trump.
There you have it, the left has found another way to try and drive Trump out of the White House. It’s unlikely that this one is going to work either. I mean, just look at their Russia investigation.