The ongoing concern about Trump's refusal to release his tax returns, by contrast, is fueled by legitimate concerns that Trump's presidency is compromised-perhaps dangerously so-by conflicts of interest pertaining to worldwide affairs, domestic tax reform, and other issues.
But President Trump will be doing neither.
"Absolutely, Donald Trump should release his tax returns", said Rep. Matt Gaetz, a Florida Republican, at a February town hall.
Pressed to just admit that Trump had no plans to ever make his returns public, Spicer replied: "Have to get back to you on that". Every president and vice president has their tax returns automatically audited.
In a call Tuesday morning with reporters, Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) shied away from saying Democrats would outright block tax reform without Trump's taxes, but said it would be "much harder to get tax reform done" if Trump doesn't release his taxes. In the decadeslong history of presidential tax returns, there have been others as well whose tax returns have raised questions. That's why we are advancing this bill that would provide voters the knowledge they need about future presidential candidates to make a truly informed decision at the polls.
On Monday, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer reiterated that Trump's returns would not be made public. "Now that it comes to tax returns, he's not interested in transparency anymore". "Republicans are desperate, again, to keep them secret". Pelosi asked. "Why don't they have that key that 74 percent of the American people want us to unlock that door to see where it leads?" State legislatures around the country - including Colorado's - are attempting to require presidential and vice presidential candidates to release their tax returns in order to be on the states' ballots.
This is not a partisan issue.
Republican Senator Tom Cotton of Arkansas said, the "President says he's still under audit", to a booing crowd.
The president and his party are already looking ahead to tax reform, but Democrats say unless the president shows his returns, they won't sign off.
Leaving aside his explanation of being under audit, Trump's essential message is: "Read My Lips".
"It doesn't take a lot of effort to find out where Donald Trump has connections overseas", he continued.
Back in January, however, Trump's senior adviser Kellyanne Conway made it clear that his tax returns would never be released.