An IRS rule mandates presidents are audited every year, and previous presidents have released their returns anyway. Before Trump, all major party nominees in modern political history have also released their tax returns. Trump while initially indicating that he would follow precedent, eventually reversed himself.
Repeating his assertion that his tax returns are important only to newspaper and TV reporters, the Economist interviewer pressed Trump, pointing out the Democratic lawmakers have also called for their release arguing that the documents are needed to see Trump’s potential conflicts of interest abroad. Moreover, polls also show that the public broadly supports such a disclosure. To which Trump answered: “Well, don’t forget I got elected without it, look where I am.”
Perfectly clear: the results are what counts and a winner gets away with it because in his mind he is smart enough to do so. As Machiavelli implied “Might makes right”.
In any case, the plot continues to thicken. Now there are a total of three impeachable offenses at the ready: obstruction of justice for asking the FBI director to desist from an investigation, treason for revealing classified information channeled by an allied country to a rival country, and conflict of interests. Those offenses challenge the so called patriotism of those who have put party loyalty ahead of loyalty to one’s country.