WikiLeaks Sets Sights on President Trump's Tax Returns
(CNN) President Donald Trump will not release his tax returns -- even after the audit he's frequently cited is completed -- senior adviser Kellyanne Conway said Sunday.
In an interview on ABC's "This Week," Conway was pressed on whether the White House will respond to more than 200,000 petition signatures calling on Trump to release his tax returns.
"The White House response is that he's not going to release his tax returns," Conway said.
"We litigated this all through the election. People didn't care," she said. "They voted for him, and let me make this very clear: Most Americans are very focused on what their tax returns will look like while President Trump is in office, not what his look like. And you know full well that President Trump and his family are complying with all the ethical rules, everything they need to do to step away from his businesses and be a full-time president."
During his presidential campaign, Trump became the first major party nominee since 1972 not to release his tax returns -- citing ongoing IRS audits, saying he would do so once those audits were completed.
He repeated the claim that the audit is responsible for his delay in releasing his tax returns at a news conference less than two weeks from his inauguration.
"I'm not releasing the tax returns because, as you know, they're under audit," Trump said then.
He also claimed that the public isn't interested in his tax returns.
"You know, the only one that cares about my tax returns are the reporters, OK? They're the only ones," he said.
Trump's comments are directly contradicted by most major public polls on the issue. A CNN poll from October found that 73% of registered voters surveyed think Trump should release his tax returns for public review, including about half of Republicans at 49%.
(CBSNews) WikiLeaks spent the final weeks of the 2016 presidential election leaking information harmful to Hillary Clintonâ€™s campaign -- but now theyâ€™re not happy with the man who beat her, President Donald Trump.
After Trump senior adviser Kellyanne Conway said Sunday morning that Mr. Trump had no plans to release his tax returns, a shift from his stance during the campaign, WikiLeaks tweeted its disappointment:
WikiLeaks, founded by Julian Assange, posted thousands of hacked emails last year, first from the Democratic National Committee last summer and then from Clinton campaign chairman John Podestaâ€™s personal email account in the fall.
Assange has said he did not get the emails from the Russian government, despite the U.S. intelligence communityâ€™s conclusion that the hacks were directed by Russian President Vladimir Putin. In the wake of the intelligence report on Russian hacking, Mr. Trump appeared to side with Assange over U.S. intelligence agencies on the issue of Russian hacking, though he has denied that he agrees with Assange.