Trump could release his taxes but probably won't, experts say

Ivanka Trump right walks with her husband Jared Kushner senior adviser to the president to a news conference with President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the White House in Washington. Ivanka Trump

Sen. Tom Cotton, an Arkansas Republican, was hammered Monday during a town hall while defending President Donald Trump's refusal to release his tax returns, even as other Republicans have begun supporting efforts to force the President to release his returns.

"I did what was an nearly an impossible thing to do for a Republican-easily won the Electoral College!"

Saturday saw tens of thousands turn out in the streets in Tax Day protests, hammering the president for keeping his tax returns private, leading to speculation that Trump has something to hide including possible Russian money invested in his companies. "The only way we're ever going to get government to act is keep them on their heels and show up", said Arik Bjorn.

But 71-year-old Ilene Singh said he's wrong.

Last year, Donald Trump became the first major-party political nominee in over 40 years to choose not to release his federal taxes. She rode a bus from New Jersey to New York City with her friend Geraldine Markowitz, 83, to take part in the protests. He later said that voters don't care.

Violence erupted at one of those rallies, and many people were arrested in Berkeley, Calif., where groups that support and oppose the president clashed. The Oregon Democrat says the people have "a basic right to know whether the president pays his fair share".

Pushing her walker, Karin Arlin, 85, a Holocaust survivor who came to the USA from Germany when she was 9, said she's also anxious about the direction of the country.

"Thanks to Trump, I think that releasing your taxes when you run for president now has to be a law", New Yorker Marni Halasa, 51, told Reuters.

One of Trump's sharpest critics in the House spoke to protesters at the U.S. Capitol just before they set off on a march to the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters, of California, said there's nothing to prevent Trump from releasing his income taxes.

The demonstrations, organised by a loose coalition of labour and left-leaning groups with various economic agendas, are meant to focus on Trump's refusal to disclose his tax-paying history, something his predecessors in the White House have done for more than 40 years.

"We have a tradition in this country of seeing what the interests - the business interests, the financial interests - of the person leading the free world (are)", Kinzinger said. It has legal authority to obtain confidential tax records, and could vote to make them public.

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