Trump has repeatedly rejected the idea that he release any of his returns, insisting that there’s nothing in them that is particularly revelatory and noting that his taxes are under audit and, therefore, it’s inadvisable for him to release them. He trotted out those same lines during his post-election news conference last Wednesday.
Here’s his full answer on his returns:
“Well, look, as I’ve told you, they’re under audit. They have been for a long time. They’re extremely complex. People wouldn’t understand them.
“They’re done by — among the biggest and best law firms in the country. Same thing with the accounting firms, the accountants are a very, very large, powerful firm from the standpoint of respect. They’re highly respected, big firm. A — a great law firm, or you would — you know it very well. They do these things. They put them in.
“But people don’t understand tax returns. Now, I did do a filing of over a hundred pages, I believe, which is in the offices. And when people went and saw that filing and they saw the magnitude of it, they were very disappointed.
“And they saw the — you know, the detail. You get far more from that. And I guess we filed that, now, three times. But you get far more from that than you could ever get from a tax return.
“But when you’re under audit — and I’m on a very continuous audit because there are so many companies — and it is a very big company, far bigger than you would even understand. But it’s a — it’s a great company.
“But it’s big, and it’s complex and it’s probably feet-high. It’s a very complex instrument. And I think that people wouldn’t understand it.
“But if I were finished with the audit, I would have an open mind to it. I would say that. But I don’t want to do it during the audit.
“And — and really no lawyer — even from the other side they say, often, not always — but when you’re under audit, you don’t have — you don’t subject it to that. You get it done, and then you release it.
“So when that happens, if that happens, I would certainly have an open mind to it.”