Trump team rejects Dem effort to get tax returns

Posted at 3:37 PM, Dec 02, 2016

WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team is pushing back against Democrats’ calls for all Cabinet nominees to release their tax returns.

In a memo for supporters obtained by The Associated Press, transition officials say the calls are “a PR stunt with zero precedent designed to arm opposition researchers.”

Senate Democrats on Thursday said they will push for all committees to require Cabinet and other high-level nominees to provide their tax returns ahead of their confirmation hearings. According to the Democrats, only three committees now have the authority to require tax returns.

The memo says Trump’s nominees are “patriotic Americans, many of whom are selflessly leaving behind their private business careers to serve their country.”

Trump has so far refused to release his own tax returns, breaking from recent precedent.