On Monday night, during Fox News’s “Special Report” from the Democratic National Convention, Fox News contributor George Will offered up a surprising reason for Donald Trump’s refusal to release his tax returns.
Perhaps due to the billionaire status of one of this year’s presidential candidates, tax returns have been heavily discussed throughout the election. Former Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders faced some heat earlier this year because he had not yet released his; when he did end up sharing them, though, they were revealed to be as boring as Sanders said they’d be.
Trump has refused to release his full tax returns thus far, and that refusal is causing quite a bit of controversy. The questions surrounding Trump’s hesitance to release his returns are likely to only increase after Will’s most recent suggestion, which is that the returns will prove that Trump “is deeply involved in dealing with Russian oligarchs.”
Will made the suggestion after he was asked by Bret Baier about the DNC email hack that occurred earlier this week. Baier asked Will:
‘Both the campaign chair and anybody you talk to, including Sen. [Chris] Murphy [D-Conn.] would not go down that road once pressed on the connection between Russia and the Trump campaign. But they have thrown it out there. George?’
‘Well, it’s the sort of thing we might learn if we saw the candidate’s tax returns. Perhaps one more reason why we’re not seeing his tax returns — because he is deeply involved in dealing with Russian oligarchs and others. Whether that’s good, bad or indifferent, it’s probably the reasonable surmise.’
This is not the first time connections have been made between the Trump campaign and Russia. In addition to evidence that reveals the DNC’s email servers were breached by two Russian intelligence agencies, Trump’s odd bond with Russian president Vladimir Putin has been called into question on more than one occasion.
This is also not the first time Trump’s income and tax returns have been brought up. Trump’s most recent property tax bill reveals that he received a tax break that is only available to New Yorkers whose income is equal to or less than $500,000 annually. Since Trump claims to be worth $10 billion, it is unlikely that he would have qualified for this tax break.
Watch a clip from the interview with George Will below, courtesy of The Hill.
Featured image is a screenshot from the video.