Kirsten Gillibrand Posts Tax Returns After Trump and Bernie Sanders Failed To Do So
New York Senator and 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Kirsten Gillibrand posted 12 years of tax returns online, while 2016 presidential candidates Donald Trump and Independent Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders have yet to fulfill their own promises to do so.
On Wednesday morning, Gillibrand tweeted a video announcing the release of her tax returns, and calling on all other candidates to do the same. And during an interview on CNN’s New Day minutes later, she drew a direct contrast between herself and Trump.
Gillibrand told host Alisyn Camerota that she released her tax returns because “transparency and accountability is so important in government,” and added “I think the American people have a right to know — particularly people who are running for president, and our president today, who has not disclosed his tax returns — have a right to know.”
“It allows them to know that you are working for them, and nobody else,” Gillibrand said.
Trump has promised to release his tax returns multiple times, including during this January 24, 2016 interview on Meet the Press. Asked several times by host Chuck Todd, Trump claimed “we’re working on that now. I have very big returns, as you know, and I have everything all approved and very beautiful and we’ll be working that over in the next period of time, Chuck. Absolutely.”
“We’re working on it right now, and at the appropriate time, you’ll be very satisfied,” Trump said when pressed.
In 2016, Sanders was also pressed about his tax returns during an interview on Meet the Press, during which Todd noted “you have released less about your taxes and tax returns than any other candidate running for president other than Donald Trump,” and asked “Where are your tax returns?”
“We are going to release, I think we’ve talked about it before. Actually, my wife works on our taxes, we’ve been busy. We are going to get all of our taxes out. Trust me, there is nothing that is going to surprise anybody,” Sanders said.
“Are you going to do seven, ten, 15-years’ worth of tax returns? So far you’ve done one,” Todd said, referring to Sanders’ 2014 tax return.
“We will do the best that we can,” Sanders said. “But yeah, we will get our tax returns out.”
To date, neither Trump nor Sanders has made good on those promises, but Sanders renewed that promise just over a month ago at a CNN town hall event moderated by Wolf Blitzer.
“Will you release 10 years of your tax returns? As you know, Elizabeth Warren has decided to do that,” Blitzer said. Warren has released 10 years of tax returns, but has not released her 2018 return as yet.
“Yes,” Sanders replied, and when asked what the delay has been, said “It just was a mechanical issue. We don’t have accountants at home. My wife does most of it. And we will get that stuff out.”
“So when do you think we’ll be able to see your tax returns?” Blitzer asked.
“Sooner than later,” Sanders replied.
“What does that mean?” Blitzer asked.
“Soon,” Sanders said.
A month later, and almost three years since he pledged to release the returns in 2016, Sanders still has not released them. But he’s still ahead of Trump.
Watch Gillibrand’s announcement above, via her Twitter account.
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