The Progressive


A project of Common Dreams

For Immediate Release

What Is He Hiding? ATF Statement on Trump's Lawsuit Over His Tax Returns


Frank Clemente, executive director of Americans for Tax Fairness, released the following statement today concerning the lawsuit filed by President Trump against the House Ways & Means Committee to prevent the release of his personal and business tax returns.

"President Trump is taking extraordinary legal measures to block Congress and the public from seeing his tax returns. Why? Why is he so afraid of the public learning the truth about his wealth and his finances? Every president for the past 40 years has voluntarily released their tax and financial information because they believed in honesty, transparency, and accountability. This president does not.

"We have long argued that the release of Trump's tax returns would put to rest important questions that deserve to be answered - whether the president has business interests or entanglements with foreign countries that conflict with his duties as president, or whether he has used questionable and potentially illegal maneuvers to dodge paying his fair share of taxes. His unprecedented lawsuit today makes those questions even more curious.

"We urge Congress to resist this lawsuit and do everything it can to convince the court for a swift decision."

Americans for Tax Fairness (ATF) is a diverse campaign of more than 420 national, state and local endorsing organizations united in support of a fair tax system that works for all Americans. It has come together based on the belief that the country needs comprehensive, progressive tax reform that results in greater revenue to meet our growing needs. This requires big corporations and the wealthy to pay their fair share in taxes, not to live by their own set of rules.

(202) 506-3264