Trump Tax Return

The Independent

The Independent

We ran the numbers: There are 181 news articles covering this topic. 34% (61) are left leaning, 38% (68) center, and 29% (52) are right leaning.

On Monday, the US Treasury Department announced that it would not release President Trump’s tax returns. Congressional Democrats, specifically the House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal, had requested six years’ worth of the president’s personal and business tax returns. However, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin argued that the request served “no legitimate legislative purpose,” saying the request was political in nature. The refusal is likely to lead to a protracted battle in the courts, and may eventually proceed to federal court. Trump, unlike most modern presidents, refused to release his tax returns during the 2016 presidential election and afterward. On Wednesday, New York Times investigation released details about Trump’s taxes, revealing that the president had suffered over $1 billion in business losses in the 1980s and 90s.

Left-leaning publications covering the Treasury Department’s decision were more likely to emphasize Mnuchin’s role in the decision. The New York Times, for instance, ran the headline “Steven Mnuchin Refuses to Release Trump’s Tax Documents to Congress.” The conservative Washington Examiner, in contrast, characterized the left’s emphasis on Mnuchin’s role as an overreaction with the headline “Liberals demand arrest of Steven Mnuchin over Trump tax returns,” citing a tweet by Scott Dworkin, co-founder of the Democratic Coalition.


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