Eric Trump offered an explanation Tuesday for why his father doesn't want to release his tax returns – the media "would make issue of everything."
In a radio interview with Maine radio station WGAN, the son of GOP nominee Donald Trump noted former party nominee Mitt Romney could serve as a case in point.
Audio of the remarks was first posted by Think Progress.
"As soon as [Romney] released his tax returns they just killed him and they pounded him and they pounded him and they pounded him," the younger Trump said. "It almost becomes a total distraction."
He said if he father released his taxes, the media "would go through every single page for the last 400 years and they would make issue of everything."
"You almost couldn't at this point," he said.
The nominee has said he will not release his taxes because they are currently being audited by the IRS, but he has been pressured anew by rival Hillary Clinton's campaign in the wake of a New York Times report Trump legally took a $916 million write-off in 1995 that could have allowed him to avoid paying personal income tax for up to 18 years.
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