Advocacy group Electronic Privacy Information Center is pursuing the release of President Donald Trump’s tax returns in court, Politico reports.
EPIC sued the IRS Saturday for the release of Trump’s elusive returns, which the president has not disclosed despite promises to do so during the campaign. The group in late March filed a Freedom of Information Act request with the IRS, stating that "at no time in American history has a stronger claim been presented to the IRS for the public release of tax records."
EPIC explained that the IRS has the power to release tax records to correct "misstatements of fact,” especially now as several U.S. intelligence agencies investigate ties between Russia and Trump's campaign officials during the election.
Trump's tax returns have been the target of nationwide protests on Saturday, three days ahead of National Tax Day. Protests were planned in more than 180 cities, including in Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Chicago and New York.
Trump is the only president and presidential nominee who has not disclosed his tax returns since Gerald Ford. And it is not something he's planning on doing, either, because "people didn't care," top White House aide Kellyanne Conway said in late January.
"They voted for him, and let me make this very clear: Most Americans are — are very focused on what their tax returns will look like while President Trump is in office, not what his look like," she said.
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