WH Spox Hogan Gidley: The Public and Congress ‘Has No Right to See’ Trump’s Tax Returns
White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary Hogan Gidley defended President Donald Trump‘s decision to wait on releasing his tax returns on Monday.
Gidley made his comments after Acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney said Democrats will “never” see Trump‘s tax returns on Sunday.
“He is 100% correct on this,” Gidley said. “The president had to fill out financial disclosure forms when he decided to run for president. Hundreds of pages worth. People can see those. They’re public. It will show a couple things. One is the president is very extremely successful. Made a lot of money as a private citizen but the fact that he has done nothing wrong. So again, the Chief was right on this. They litigated this in 2016. Democrats ran on this as a way to try to bludgeon Donald Trump saying he had done these things wrong in his taxes and needed to be released.
“The public has no right to see those. Congress definitely doesn’t have a right to see the tax returns of a private citizen, but also just think about the precedent that sets. Listen, this was already litigated,” he added. “It didn’t work for them then. It’s not going for work now. It is an old talking point, it’s never going to work.”
“What is the white House strategy to make sure never occurs? Will you take it all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. What is that strategy,” Fox News’ Bill Hemmer asked.
“That’s something for the president’s outside attorneys to address, which he did in a lengthy letter. The president has said multiple times to the press corps in meetings saying I’m not inclined to release those documents,” Gidley replied.
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