Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, the Republican vice-presidential nominee, said Saturday that he would release his tax returns “in the next week,” but he was less clear about the timeline for his running mate, Donald Trump.
“Donald Trump and I are both going to release our tax returns. I’ll release mine in the next week,” Pence said in an interview taped for NBC’s “Meet the Press.”
But Pence maintained, as Trump has for months, that a federal audit is responsible for delaying the release of the businessman’s documents.
“Donald Trump will be releasing his tax returns at the completion of an audit,” he said.
When pressed by moderator Chuck Todd, Pence would not specify whether Trump would share his statements with the public before the election.
“Well, we’ll see,” Pence said.
Pence has long hinted that voters should expect his returns to be modest, especially compared with his wealthy partner on the GOP ticket.
“I promise you, when my [federal financial disclosure] forms are filed and when my tax returns are released, it’s going to be a quick read,” Pence recently told WABC’s Rita Crosby. “I can assure you and your listeners the Pences have not become more wealthy as a result of 16 years in public service. There’s been a lot of sacrifices. We’re a middle-class family.”
Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and her vice-presidential pick, Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Virginia, released several years of tax forms last month.
It has been a tradition for more than a half-century for major-party nominees to release their tax returns.
Although Trump is being audited by the Internal Revenue Service, the IRS has not asked the Republican to hold off on disclosure. That decision was made by Trump and his attorneys.
In the NBC interview, Pence took several shots at Clinton, calling her the “most dishonest candidate for president of the United States since Richard Nixon.”
Pence went on to say that the way Clinton used a private server while serving as secretary state “truly does disqualify her from serving as president of the United States.”
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