Johnny Isakson suggests that Donald Trump release his tax returns

WASHINGTON — Republican U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson has always treaded carefully when it comes to President Donald Trump, backing him but very much keeping him at arm’s length.

As chairman of the Senate Ethics Committee, Isakson has been careful not to criticize the businessman’s specific plans for avoiding conflicts of interest. Isakson will often shift the focus to his own ethics choices when asked about Trump’s more contentious decisions.

Isakson started doing just that when asked about whether Trump should release his tax returns at a telephone town hall last night, describing how he keeps most of his own financial assets in a blind trust. But after he was nudged by the questioner about whether Trump should disclose his financial information, the senator went on to suggest — rather politely and indirectly — that it might be in the president’s best interest to do so.

“I haven’t called on the president to do it because I was working on another campaign,” Isakson said, referring to his run for a third term last fall. “When I could have had the opportunity to do it I wasn’t working on his campaign. But if I get a chance to work with him I don’t change my opinion. That’s my recommendation to all people running for office. The public has a right to know, there’s no question about that.”

Trump broke with decades of custom when he refused to release his returns on the campaign trail. Trump said that was due to an IRS audit and that he would be willing to release them after that federal probe is complete.

 


 

The lack of disclosure has infuriated Democrats, who this week tried to force their release through multiple avenues on Capitol Hill. Republican leaders quickly thwarted those attempts, including one on the House floor Monday.

Isakson is not the only Senate Republican to suggest that Trump go public with his tax returns.

Lindsey Graham of South Carolina recently told reporters that Congress should pass a law ahead of the 2020 elections requiring all presidential candidates to release their return. Susan Collins of Maine said she was open to the Senate Intelligence Committee issuing a subpoena for the returns in order to suss out any Trump financial ties to Russia as it investigates whether Moscow interfered in the November election.

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142 comments
Ken Armstrong
Ken Armstrong

No idea who johnny isakson is, but can supply a link to his tax return

Mary Boline Ramji
Mary Boline Ramji

If President Trump had any illegal going ons with his tax records, they would have been exposed by now

Mary West
Mary West

So, Johnny, where were you for the last eight years when Obama sealed all of his records?! Trump has no obligation to give the left & the Rinos who love them any more fodder for their attacks.

Evette Terica
Evette Terica

Don't suggest make it mandatory. Otherwise this will haunt him his entire four years.

Cris James Driskell
Cris James Driskell

Again, no law has been broken, it's not required. Like being a citizen!

Chris Policronis
Chris Policronis

The only thing it will show is that he mae a lot of money and hires good accountants.

Shirley Denson
Shirley Denson

I demand that all Democrats in office release their tax info on how in the hell do you become a multi millionaire on a salary of less than $200,000.00 per year!!!!

Michael Wallace
Michael Wallace

No more stupid ideas Johnny the liberals and liberal media would have a million conspiracy theories. Don't need to feed the animals.

Ghassan Ghraizi
Ghassan Ghraizi

Outloud about the distracting "distraction" crowd: who's being distracted from understanding our Commander In Chief's evident conflicts of interest and how it affects our national security?

Kaye Moore
Kaye Moore

The senators , etc, need to release their financial statements explaining how they became millionaires on their salary!!!

Maudeen Chapman
Maudeen Chapman

what if he does release his taxes? What are you going to do about it! Nothing!

Phoebe Fugate
Phoebe Fugate

We all know the Rich don't pay taxes . Get this though your head , Don't like it . Tough

Bonny Thomas
Bonny Thomas

I don't care about that issue. However, he said they are being audited, and then he will release them.

Betty Fowler
Betty Fowler

Republicans just don't know how to govern,they only know to follow Dems lead!!

Judy King
Judy King

Shut up, Mr. Isakson. Tax returns are no ones business unless a criminal warrant is filed against them. Anyone with any sense at all knows the IRS under Obama would have filed criminal charges against Trump long ago if there "was anything there".

Heather Andrews
Heather Andrews

It might be one thing if Trump and co had said at the very beginning of the campaign that they weren't going to release them. He promised multiple times, which ended up being a lie.

Elaine Mattson
Elaine Mattson

Just wait, Judy King, just wait. He's going down, bigly.

Judy King
Judy King

Oh, I'm waiting. Life is good. I survived Bush and Obama.

Alicia Williams
Alicia Williams

You can't produce something that you haven't filed in 5 years

Peggy Buchan
Peggy Buchan

None of your business!! Is not a requirement!!! Go jump in the lake so that the rest of us can work on the real problems.

Carl Maxwell
Carl Maxwell

Maybe President Trump will release his tax returns when Obama and Crooked Hillary confess to their treasonous activities. Let them hang!!!!! When they quit twitching I think You might see some tax returns. Trump has properties all over the world.....He probably has to file tax returns in numerous countries. This tax return business is just a talking point for dumbasses. Obozo still hasn't released his Kenyan birth certificate, or his foreign aid paperwork.

Justin Bruce
Justin Bruce

Is not a citizen then perhaps you should adjust your tin foil hat so that you receive better reception .

Justin Bruce
Justin Bruce

Ok Carl if you seriously believe that PRESIDENT OBAM

Carl Maxwell
Carl Maxwell

I'm a fully grown genius!!!!! How bout you Bruce? Mental midgets are usually quick to throw out a personal insult, because they can't think of anything intelligent to say.

Elaine Mattson
Elaine Mattson

^^^^, name-calling doesn't substitute for critical thought.

Debra McElhaney Willis
Debra McElhaney Willis

OMG, that guy looks creepy. Being stuck in an elevator would make my skin crawl and my hand reaching for my pepper spray.

Jane Owen
Jane Owen

Good for Senator Isakson. He is a stand-up man. He is truly courageous and shows integrity. I too am a Democrat who admires and respects this man. We need more of our lawmakers who follow the lead of the Sam Nunn's and Johnny Isakson.

Genie Karr
Genie Karr

Why, we voted for Donald Trump ! Could care less about his tax return! Did all congress show there tax return ?

Yvonne Crognale Clapper
Yvonne Crognale Clapper

There is no law requiring President's tax returns! It was a tradition that started in the 70's. If he were breaking tax laws, he would be charged. If he did produce them, it would be just another distraction while we get an interpreter to explain them!!

Betty Hogan
Betty Hogan

We the people knew he was a billionaire business man and we don't care re: taxes. We want him to help we the people from the demos who have been trying to divide our country

Heather Andrews
Heather Andrews

Jeneann you know Obama released his when he ran for president right? That's kind of the whole point, that Trump is the first in 40 years not to. Maybe you were too busy coming up with dumb nicknames for people you don't like to keep up with the actual issue.

Jeneann Jacobson Wilson
Jeneann Jacobson Wilson

Lets see Obamas or how about Nannie Polutey, or Pocahontas Warrens, and Muddy Waters.

Deborah Gray
Deborah Gray

There's no law that says you shouldn't cheat or your wife but that doesn't mean it's ok \U0001f914

Jeneann Jacobson Wilson
Jeneann Jacobson Wilson

Vanessa Richards you would be the idiot. How about you put your tax papers up for public scrutiny. Moron.

Heather Andrews
Heather Andrews

Multiple polls have consistently shown that a majority of "we the people" believe they should be released.

Jeneann Jacobson Wilson
Jeneann Jacobson Wilson

Heather Andrews do you seriously think if CROOKED IRS thought his taxes were messed up, your hero Obutthead wouldn't have had them published by now? Wiretapping him isn't enough for you snowflake?

John Ploxa
John Ploxa

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Paul Shapoe
Paul Shapoe

#RussianCoup #RussianPuppet #illegitimate #PutinsBitch

Sandy Whitney
Sandy Whitney

"“I haven’t called on the president to do it because I was working on another campaign,” Isakson said, referring to his run for a third term last fall." So Isakson's re-election campaign was more important than National Security? SAD. :-(