- Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez mocked President Donald Trump on Twitter on Wednesday after he again claimed that an ongoing audit meant he wouldn’t release his tax returns.
- “We didn’t ask you,” Ocasio-Cortez said.
- Earlier Wednesday, House Democrats requested six years of the president’s tax returns from the IRS.
- Trump became the first major-party presidential nominee in decades to refuse to release his tax returns.
Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez mocked President Donald Trump on Twitter on Wednesday after he again claimed that an audit meant he wouldn’t release his tax returns.
“We didn’t ask you,” tweeted the freshman representative, who has established a reputation for battling Republicans on social media.
Earlier Wednesday, the Democratic chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee formally requested six years of Trump’s personal and business tax returns from the IRS under an obscure code.
As a presidential nominee, Trump broke with decades of precedent when he refused to release his tax returns, saying they were under audit by tax officials.
Only one other major-party presidential nominee has refused to disclose the information: Gerald Ford in 1976 released tax summary data but not full returns.
Congress: “We’re going to need a copy of the President’s tax returns from 2013-2018.”
45: “No, I’m ‘under audit.’ ”
Congress: “We didn’t ask you.”
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) April 3, 2019
When asked by reporters on Wednesday whether he planned to release the returns, Trump again declined and said they remained under audit.
“We’re under audit, despite what people said,” Trump said. “We’re working that out as – I’m always under audit it seems. But I’ve been under audit for many years because the numbers are big, and I guess when you have a name you’re audited. But until such time as I’m not under audit, I would not be inclined to do that.”
The IRS has said there are no rules preventing a person from sharing tax information while they are being audited.
In her tweet, Ocasio-Cortez mockingly included a hypothetical exchange between Congress and the president:
“Congress: ‘We’re going to need a copy of the President’s tax returns from 2013-2018.’
“45: ‘No, I’m “under audit.”‘
“Congress: ‘We didn’t ask you.'”
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