Mulvaney Accidentally Torpedoes Trump’s Audit Excuse: He ‘Could Always’ Have Shown His Tax Returns


Trump Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney inadvertently knocked down Donald Trump’s argument against releasing his tax returns by noting that an audit does not preclude a president, or anyone else, from releasing that information.

On this week’s edition of Fox News Sunday, fill-in host Bill Hemmer brought up the House Ways and Means Committee’s attempt to get the IRS to release Trump’s tax returns.

Mulvaney expressed confidence in Trump’s legal position, and said that Democrats on the committee know “they are not going to get these taxes.”

“To be clear, you believe Democrats will never see the president’s tax returns,” Hemmer said.

“Never,” Mulvaney answered, adding “nor should they. Keep in mind, that was an issue that was already litigated during the election. Voters know the president could have given his tax returns, they knew that he didn’t, and they elected him anyway, which is of course what drives the Democrats crazy.”

During the 2016 campaign, Trump actually did repeatedly promise to release the returns, and used the audit excuse as the reason for delay.

“The president argues that he’s under audit, has said that for a couple years, but even under audit, legally, you could allow people to see it,” Hemmer pointed out.

“You could always allow people to see it,” Mulvaney agreed, contradicting Trump’s explanation.

“But that’s not what’s happening,” he continued. “The democrats are demanding the IRS turn over the documents, and that is not going to happen, and they know it.”

Watch the clip above, via Fox News.

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