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Inslee latest presidential candidate to release tax returns

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Friday became the latest Democratic presidential candidate to release his tax returns, and he challenged President Donald Trump to do the same.

Inslee announced on Fox News’ “Fox & Friends” that he had released 12 years of his personal tax records on his campaign website. He called on Trump to “come clean with the American people.”

“He’s gotta show what he’s been hiding,” Inslee said. “And Americans deserve that truth.”

Trump first refused such disclosure as a candidate ahead of his 2016 election, saying he was under audit. Trump’s business dealings and his now-shuttered foundation have been the subject of various investigations and Democratic attacks.

Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren already has released a decade of her personal tax returns. New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand released her 2018 return this week after sharing previous years earlier.

Other top Democratic White House contenders have yet to match the transparency they seek from Trump.

Trump broke with decades of tradition by not releasing his tax filings during his 2016 Republican presidential campaign. He argued that he couldn’t release his taxes because he was under an audit by the Internal Revenue Service, but being under audit is no legal bar to a candidate from releasing tax returns.


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