Trump officially won’t release tax returns, WikiLeaks is after Him

Three days after Mr.Trump was sworn in as president, White House counselor Kellyanne Conway has announced that Donald Trump will not be releasing his tax returns. In an ABC interview Sunday, Conway said:

“People didn’t care … They voted for him, and let me make this very clear: Most Americans … are very focused on what their tax returns will look like while President Trump is in office, not what his look like.”

This latest announcement seems to have angered WikiLeaks. The group, founded by Julian Assange, published two tweets on Sunday criticizing Trump over his failure to release his tax returns..In one of those tweets, WikiLeaks said that Trump broke a promise to release the documents.

Trump said at various points before and during the campaign that he would release his tax returns if he ran for president. He has hedged on that pledge, saying that he could not release the documents because they were under audit. While there was no legal prohibition from releasing his tax forms even if they were under audit, Trump said it would be unwise from a business standpoint for him to do so.

Last week a Washington Post – ABC poll indicated that 74 percent of people would like Trump to release them, while a CNN poll in October showed a similar result – 73 percent of voters wanted to see returns.

WikiLeaks posted thousands of hacked emails last year from the Democratic National Committee and from Clinton campaign manager John Podesta. WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has denied the emails were provided by Russian hackers under the thumb of Putin. Trump has supported Assange’s denials over findings by U.S. intelligence leaders, even though he called Assange’s publication of classified information from Chelsea Manning “disgraceful” and suggested there “should be like the death penalty or something” for the breach of information.