Trump Rejects Calls for Transparency, Vowing to Keep Tax Returns and White House Visitor Logs Secret

The White House is facing new criticism over its lack of transparency, as President Trump is refusing to release his tax returns as well as logs of White House visitors. On Monday, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said Trump did not plan to release his tax returns, saying Trump was under an audit. Spicer’s comments came just two days after more than 100,000 people took to the streets on Saturday to call on Trump to release his taxes. Crowds gathered in more than a dozen cities from coast to coast, including Washington, DC, New York City, Chicago, Seattle, and in South Florida, where activists marched to Trump’s private Mar-a-Lago resort, where Trump was staying over the weekend. Meanwhile, Democratic lawmakers are vowing not to work with Trump on reforming or rewriting the tax code unless Trump releases his own taxes. More than a dozen Republican lawmakers are also calling on Trump to release his taxes. For more, we speak with Susan Lerner, executive director of Common Cause New York. She was on the steering committee for the NYC Tax March.

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AMY GOODMAN: The White House is facing new criticism over its lack of transparency, as President Trump is refusing to release his tax returns as well as logs of White House visitors. On Monday, White House spokesperson Sean Spicer said Trump did not plan to release his tax returns, saying Trump was under an audit.

REPORTER: On the tax question, you’ve been asked about this, obviously, a thousand times.

PRESS SECRETARY SEAN SPICER: Thank you.

REPORTER: You always talk about, well, under audit. The president says under audit. Is it time to say, once and for all, the president is never going to release his tax returns?

PRESS SECRETARY SEAN SPICER: We’ll have to get back to you on that.

REPORTER: You won’t — I mean, you see — I mean, really.

PRESS SECRETARY SEAN SPICER: Really.

REPORTER: So he may?

PRESS SECRETARY SEAN SPICER: No. I said I’d have to…

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