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Sat Apr 15, 2017, 08:34 PM

Why We March: article by Senator Wyden (one of the speakers/marchers at DC tax march today)

Senator Wyden spoke and marched today in DC. He also marched in the DC Women's March with his wife. His aide told me once not to lose hope because there are a lot of really good people working on the Trump issue behind the scenes, as well as the ones we know about. He is one of the good ones. I just found this article he wrote on HuffPo.

Why We March
Americans deserve to know what is in Trumpís tax returns.
04/13/2017 01:33 pm ET | Updated 2 days ago


Before Donald J. Trump was sworn into office, I authored legislation requiring all sitting presidents to release their tax returns, a practice that has been routine for every president since Watergate. It looks like Mr. Trump will choose to keep his returns secret and ignore this very low ethical bar, even though itís clear his ďblind trustĒ isnít blind at all and the separation he promised heíd make from his businesses seems to be nonexistent.

Support for Mr. Trump to release his tax returns has only grown. Itís stretched across both sides of the Capitol and has come from both sides of the aisle. Trumpís tax returns have become a topic of conversation among more families, friends and communities. Itís an issue thatís been raised at each and every one of the 23 town halls Iíve hosted in Oregon this year. And as we approach tax day Americans across the country are turning up the pressure on Trump to release his returns.


Hereís why weíre demanding Trump release his tax returns:

Self-interests or Americaís best interests?

Earlier this year I penned an op-ed laying out all the reasons why Americans cared about Trumpís tax returns. As I wrote in January, without these returns, Americans cannot know whether Mr. Trump is using the presidency to enrich himself and potentially empower our nationís enemies. Americans wonít know whether Mr. Trumpís ďphenomenalĒ tax plan will lower the rates for his own personal financial gain or help out teachers, nurses and cops.

Foreign Connections?

As each day without Mr. Trumpís tax returns passes, more questions are raised about his ties to foreign governments, shady oligarchs and the ongoing federal investigations into Trumpís associates and Russia. If Trumpís tax returns were made public we could learn if he has foreign bank accountsóand where. We could learn who is investing in his enterprisesóand where. Americans would have more information about where the presidentís foreign entanglements really are. Given these national security implications, Iíve asked Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch to use his authority to allow the committee to review Trumpís tax returns. Iíve also urged Senate Intelligence Committee leaders to ďfollow the moneyĒ between the president and his associatesí financial connections to Russia.

Has Trump paid taxes at all?

Tax returns give the American people a lot of straightforward, honest answers. Itís not just about what rate you pay, itís about whether you even pay taxes. Candidate Trump himself said that not paying any federal income taxes makes him smart. Additionally, the IRS estimates that America has lost more than $400 billion over the past ten years from corporations dodging their tax payments. Between Trumpís individual tax return and his business returns we could learn whether the president has been paying any taxes at all, either from his own personal income or from his businesses.

All of these reasons are why I ó along with hundreds of thousands of Americans ó am committed to pursuing the release of Donald Trumpís tax returns. Together we must work to protect the integrity of our government and the security of the American people.


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