There’s a reason Donald Trump refuses to release his taxes, and no, it’s not because he’s under audit because the IRS already said that wouldn’t prevent him from doing so.
Some would say that if he had nothing to hide, why not just release the tax returns. After all, even former President Obama released his birth certificate even though the request to do so was absolutely obscene.
The reason Trump likely isn’t releasing his tax returns is because they will show his financial ties over the years, and the last thing he seems to want to do is let people in on how he’s been making his money.
Well, despite not having any tax returns except for the one that was “leaked” that Rachel Maddow showed, we may now know how Trump has been making at least some of his money, and it also further shows his ties to Russia.
“A Reuters review has found that at least 63 individuals with Russian passports or addresses have bought at least $98.4 million worth of property in seven Trump-branded luxury towers in southern Florida, according to public documents, interviews and corporate records.
The buyers include politically connected businessmen, such as a former executive in a Moscow-based state-run construction firm that works on military and intelligence facilities, the founder of a St. Petersburg investment bank and the co-founder of a conglomerate with interests in banking, property and electronics.”
“People from the second and third tiers of Russian power have invested in the Trump buildings as well. One recently posted a photo of himself with the leader of a Russian motorcycle gang that was sanctioned by the United States for its alleged role in Moscow’s seizure of Crimea.”
Well isn’t that interesting. This could mean nothing, or it could mean something really significant. We don’t know, however, because Trump won’t reveal how he makes his money. We don’t know all his ties. And his lack of disclosure is very, very suspect.
Ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) does not seem happy upon receiving this Reuters report. He said:
“While the president has denied having invested in Russia, he has said little or nothing about Russian investment in his businesses and properties in the United States or elsewhere. This should concern all Americans and is yet another reason why his refusal to release his tax returns should be met with considerable skepticism and concern.”
And that’s just it. The citizens of the United States deserve to know who their Commander-in-Chief actually is, what ties he may have, who he may know, and how he’s made his money over the years.
To read the full report from Reuters, go HERE. It’s absolutely insightful and everyone should read it.
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