Amidst the ongoing Donald Trump Jr. Russian collusion controversies, here is your friendly reminder that President Trump still has not released his tax returns like he said he would several times during his campaign.
Many political commentators have suspected publicly that the tax returns must have damning information in them, because President Trump has refused to follow 40 years of precedence of major-party presidential nominees disclosing their financial information in order to be elected to the top job of America’s public government.
Trump repeatedly claimed throughout the election that he has had no business deals or connections with Russia, but Trump’s statements are anything but trustworthy as Trump’s statements often disagree with each other. In the past, Trump has claimed to have met Putin (prior to the latest G20 meeting) and claimed that he doesn’t “know who Putin is.”
Fueling speculation that President Trump has received millions of dollars in Russian deals and loans are past statements from Trump’s own sons.
“Russians make up a pretty disproportionate cross-section of a lot of our assets,” Donald Trump Jr. said in a publicly released statement from a Manhattan real estate conference he attended. “We see a lot of money pouring in from Russia.”
Eric Trump had his own moment of apparent truth-telling, too.
“We have all the funding we need out of Russia,” Eric Trump reportedly told golf reporter James Dodson after a Trump PR representative invited him to visit a Trump golf club in North Carolina.
Ironically, if the entire Russian collusion scandal is a made up hoax like President Trump claims, releasing his tax returns would go a long way toward proving it is all a big conspiracy. However, Trump has no intention of being transparent.