Should Trump be worried? The latest news on this front comes from a really interesting article from Ballot Access News written by Richard Winger, the widely-respected expert and advocate for third party and independent candidate.
On March 28, the Hawaii House passed SB 94. It requires general election presidential candidates to post their latest income tax return on a web page. It also forbids presidential electors from voting for someone who hasn’t posted tax returns.
The bill passed on Second Reading, with 8 no votes. This means it will almost surely pass on Third Reading very soon. UPDATE: the vote is set for April 1.
According to information provided by the Electronic Privacy Information Center:
Candidates for U.S. President have historically released their tax returns for public review. President Trump has refused to do so.
On February 16, 2017, EPIC submitted a FOIA request to the Internal Revenue Service seeking “all of Donald J. Trump’s individual income tax returns for tax years 2010 forward, and any other indications of financial relations with the Russian government or Russian businesses.” After the agency denied its request, EPIC filed suit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia seeking to compel disclosure of the requested tax records. On August 18, 2017, the Court granted the IRS’s motion to dismiss EPIC’s case, concluding that “until President Trump or Congress authorizes release of the tax returns, EPIC (and the rest of the American public) will remain in the dark.”
As Marc Rotenberg, President of EPIC, has said: “There has never been a more compelling request presented to the IRS than the request from EPIC to obtain the tax records of President Donald J. Trump.”
Read the full post at Ballot Access News and leave your comments below. What do you think about controversy?