Joe Biden wants to know what President Trump is hiding by refusing to disclose his tax returns.
“Even Nixon released his taxes,” Biden said in New Hampshire on Wednesday, referring to former President Richard Nixon who resigned after the Watergate scandal. “Where are his taxes? What’s he hiding? What’s he afraid of? What’s buried in those returns? Why can’t he release them?”
Trump, who didn’t make his tax returns public during the 2016 campaign, claiming they were under a routine audit, has clashed with House Democrats over the documents.
The Treasury Department’s inspector general is investigating the Trump administration’s handling of a congressional request for six years of the president’s tax returns. In a federal court lawsuit filed by House Democrats, Democrats flagged a whistleblower complaint lodged by a career Internal Revenue Service official over the summer alleging Treasury Department political appointees tried to interfere in the audit process.
A federal judge in New York then ruled this week Trump must turn over eight years of tax returns as part of an probe into alleged hush money payments made to women with whom he is accused of having affairs.
On Wednesday, Biden unloaded on Trump, saying the White House incumbent deserved to be impeached for encouraging Russia, Ukraine, and China to meddle in U.S. elections. Biden has found himself in the middle of Trump’s impeachment inquiry after the ex-real estate mogul and reality TV star asked Ukraine and China to look into the former vice president for political dirt.
“I’m not going to be distracted by all his lies, smears and distortions,” Biden said. “I’m not going to let him get away with it. He’s picked a fight with the wrong guy.”
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