Mitt Romney, 2012 GOP Presidential nominee and prominent Donald Trump critic, asserted Wednesday in a public Facebook post that Trump’s refusal to release his tax returns should be disqualifying. Romney noted that when he was running he released his returns when they became available and says that doing so should be a requirement for the public to confirm that the candidate is free of conflicts of interest.
Romney speculates that Trump’s refusal indicates that “there is a bombshell” in his returns.
The text of Romney’s full Facebook post appears below:
“It is disqualifying for a modern-day presidential nominee to refuse to release tax returns to the voters, especially one who has not been subject to public scrutiny in either military or public service. Tax returns provide the public with its sole confirmation of the veracity of a candidate’s representations regarding charities, priorities, wealth, tax conformance, and conflicts of interest. Further, while not a likely circumstance, the potential for hidden inappropriate associations with foreign entities, criminal organizations, or other unsavory groups is simply too great a risk to ignore for someone who is seeking to become commander-in-chief.”
“Mr. Trump says he is being audited. So? There is nothing that prevents releasing tax returns that are being audited. Further, he could release returns for the years immediately prior to the years under audit. There is only one logical explanation for Mr. Trump’s refusal to release his returns: there is a bombshell in them. Given Mr. Trump’s equanimity with other flaws in his history, we can only assume it’s a bombshell of unusual size.”