A bipartisan Georgia attempt to force Trump to file tax returns

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A bipartisan group of lawmakers introduced a measure that would require President Donald Trump and future White House candidates to file their federal income tax returns with the state.

Let’s be clear: This measure is going nowhere this year. The legislative session wraps up with a marathon session Thursday and Republican leaders have little appetite for tweaking the president.

But House Bill 640 gives Democrats – and other Trump skeptics – a bit of red meat to take home with them when they depart the statehouse and return to their districts sometime early Friday.

The measure was introduced by Democratic state Rep. Scott Holcomb and backed by Stacey Abrams, Stacey Evans and other party leaders. It would require candidates for president or vice president to submit their tax returns for three years prior to the election to the Secretary of State’s office.

“I’m doing this to set in place appropriate rules to ensure transparency going forward,” said Holcomb, a DeKalb attorney. “We know D.C. isn’t going to take any action to improve transparency, so it’s up to the states.”

Democrats in the U.S. House are waging a similar battle to demand Trump turn over his tax returns, arguing its important to review the filings to learn about potential business conflicts. They’ve had no traction in a Republican-controlled Congress.

The Georgia legislation also attracted the signature of Republican state Rep. John Pezold, a Columbus restaurateur who said it’s not a partisan issue to him.

“Transparency in government and in our elected leaders has always been a priority for me,” Pezold said, “so signing on this bipartisan bill made sense for me.”


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Becky Sims Mobley
Becky Sims Mobley

John Pezold, I will remember your name for this absurdity. My President is doing more than any President in a long time. You just want something to whine about like all liberals! Get out of his way! We want these changes and not liberal lunacy!

Marolyn Felder
Marolyn Felder

Mindless Russian Bots or hired trolls explains why we see so much delusions on our sites.

Jeri Henson Dies
Jeri Henson Dies

It's going to be hell of a fight to get this Trump human bedbug infestation removed from our government. We need all the people we can get to help.

Carol Barker Lawson
Carol Barker Lawson

The truth about Benghazi, truth about surveillance of Trump during the election (and probably while in office) truth about the Iranian deal, the truth about the Clinton crime family. ... I could go on!

Greg Pearson
Greg Pearson

I think the headline should read to force trump to "release " tax returns. He did "file" taxes.

Monte Poitevint
Monte Poitevint

And if he doesn't do it, they'll get mad, stomp their feet, and call him mean names.

Elizabeth Chapman
Elizabeth Chapman

There is NO Constitutional Requirement to make one's Personal Income Tax Returns PUBLIC! There was NO Income Tax Until the 20th Century in the U.S., thus the first half of this nigh 250 year old Republic's Presidents couldn't even Present a Return! He is a Muti-Millionaire, so give it a REST, Folks! The People Elected him President and at least we KNOW Damned Well WHERE he was Born & Raised - In the U.S.A.! :)

Mark Cosby
Mark Cosby

I want to know why his hand is the size of a small child's.

Nancy Parker
Nancy Parker

I could give a flying leap about his tax returns. You would rip them apart and try to make something out of nothing. Let him be President, sit down and shut up.

Polly Walden
Polly Walden

Considering the multitude of other far more important issues I would whether georgia lawmakers turn their attention to other matters. When they have illegal/refugee matters in hand, and have gotten rid of obamacare, fixed the failing schools, taken care of the fraud killing medicare/medicade to just name of few instances then they can turn their attention to matters like this - which since we all know trump has been being audited on pretty much a regular basis like most rich people, I would think if their were issues we would know about it.

Martin Mathis
Martin Mathis

You can't force someone to publicly disclose their tax returns or income taxes, which are arguably illegal in the first place.

Ginger Banner
Ginger Banner

Transparency is important with trump? But not with Obama and Hillary. DOUBLE STANDARDS isn't even a strong enough description!!

Brian A Ferrazzano
Brian A Ferrazzano

But you had no issues with obama and his not so clear politics? Passing healthcare so we then would know what's in it.

Mark Cotner
Mark Cotner

Non-story. He paid more than most in his bracket.

Patrick Fleeman
Patrick Fleeman

Trump has paid more taxes than any of you clowns. Why don't you get behind the Clintons? She's got enough on her to keep you busy for awhile. You ppl running Georgia are nuts!!

Rob Danner
Rob Danner

No requirement for the president to produce his tax returns. It is actually a private individual matter. Why not ask the Clintons to produce where they got all their speaking fees

John Tinsley
John Tinsley

Waste of time. No ones business. Know this though, he's paid more in one year than you all in a life time.

David K Wilson
David K Wilson

We dont need tax returns. What we do need is fairtax.org

Mary Ellen Clark
Mary Ellen Clark

I am so sick of hearing about his tax returns, no one cares about his taxes. Worry about the important things.

John Weeks
John Weeks

Well let's be sure every future Pres does this as well. Oh and by the way.....what ever happened to millions owed by Al Sharpton? What about a little transparency for ALL of Congress as well? Maybe that resolution should apply equally to ALL elected federal officials................

Alan King
Alan King

There is no reason what so ever why someone should release tax returns to the public, elected official or not.

Richard Cowan
Richard Cowan

Oh yeah that's right that's all you Dems have tax returns let not for get about Russian you people are making a joke out of your selfs

Mary Miller
Mary Miller

You know what your more worried about president Trumps tax returns than Obama and Hillary Clinton's crimes against our Country and people. The damage they caused should be more in the news. Than tax returns what is wrong with you people.

Ari Gigasaurus
Ari Gigasaurus

Yeah but they arent president and also they didn't promise to release their tax returns during their campaign

Gina Barcourt
Gina Barcourt

You Trumpettes believe any and everything that Trump feeds you. We ALL Know if the 1st Black President of the US had committed ANY crimes, AmeriKKKA would have NEVER let him live that down. We would have heard about it every day all day just like we are hearing about Trumps crimes. You people are really blind deaf and dumb when it comes to this hideous man.

Sheva Bree
Sheva Bree

Mary. The problem is we need to know where his business interests lie. WHO does he owe money to? That is very important as everything I've read even before he officially ran for President says American banks wouldn't lend to him. But Russian banks would. Does that not worry you? We have a President who could very well be bribed or threatened into who knows what because he cares more about his business ventures((of which he refuses to divest himself from)) than he cares about the nation. One of his business partners has already been 'arrested' by a foreign nation in order to get his attention. How much longer do you think it will be before one of those buildings with his name on it in the world is bombed or otherwise terrorized? His taxes would show us a wider picture of what his weaknesses are so that as a nation they could be protected from influence by foreign powers.

Myree Terry-Parker
Myree Terry-Parker

We are not taken in by CROOKS LIKE TRUMP. PUTIN loving ###. Freddy cat to say anything about him other than , kissing his ###.

John Woods
John Woods

More Commie Crap from those who are pissed that their agenda has been stopped...

Retha Moore
Retha Moore

What are you people thinking!!! I have never seen any presidents tax records!! We were NOT allowed any information on Obama so why Trump??? Sleaze bags are what you are!!!

Erika Hamilton
Erika Hamilton

Every single Presidential candidate has always disclosed their taxes, including President Obama. Sorry they didn't mail you a personal copy to the rock you have been hibernating under. The only crook who has not, is your hero Donald Trump.

Sandra Dale Sikes
Sandra Dale Sikes

His tax returns do not affect any of us but his actions as President most certainly do.

Lorraine Jordan
Lorraine Jordan

Anyone who voted for this DAMN FOOL IS A HATEFUL RACIST BIGOT\U0001f620

Jerry Broome
Jerry Broome

At least have the dignity to call this as it is, a witch Hunt!

Mary Reynoso
Mary Reynoso

This good I'm glad to see some officials stand up to trump,it about time

Jon Crumbley
Jon Crumbley

Where in the constitution does it say Presidents are required to publish their tax returns to the public?