Americans can only speculate why President Trump often shows stronger allegiance to the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia and Russia’s Vladimir Putin than to America’s own best interests.
After two years into this presidency, it’s time to put this speculation to bed and bring to light any conflicts of interest that could drive an American president into the arms of a foreign power.
That’s why I, along with State Senator Scott Wiener, have reintroduced legislation that would require all presidential candidates to release their tax returns prior to being placed on the California ballot. Tax returns, which are signed under penalty of perjury, would reveal the kinds of financial entanglements that lead to such serious conflicts of interest.
Voters not only deserve full disclosure of their leader’s tax returns, they should be entitled to them. If President Trump had released his tax returns, we would know why he’s ignoring his own intelligence agencies and snuggling up to the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia who has been linked to the brutal killing of Jamal Khashoggi.
Transparency is a nonpartisan issue. A poll released this week showed 63 percent of Americans believe Trump’s tax returns should be released. And the Presidential Tax Transparency bill was last passed by the legislature with Republican and Democratic support in 2017.
It’s time to make President Trump’s tax returns public. We will keep you posted on our progress and let you know how you can help. Thank you!
Senator Mike McGuire