‘If you’ve got nothing to hide, you shouldn’t worry about anything…’
(Kaylee McGhee, Liberty Headlines) Lawmakers in Illinois could bar President Donald Trump from the state’s 2020 ballot if he doesn’t release his tax returns, according to new legislation passed by the state Senate on Thursday.
The Illlinois state Senate voted 36-19 on the bill, which will now move to the state’s Democratic-controlled House.
Democrat Gov. J. B. Pritzker hasn’t taken a public stance on the bill but made the effort to “resist Trump” a central part of his campaign last year.
“If you want to run for vice president or president of the United States, hey, what’s wrong with providing your tax returns for the past five years?” Democratic state Sen. Tony Munoz said during the legislators’ debate over the bill, according to Chicago radio station WBEZ. “If you’ve got nothing to hide, you shouldn’t worry about anything.”
State lawmakers didn’t mention Trump’s name directly, because Munoz said the bill is more about transparency than one individual person.
Illinois Republicans, however, slammed the legislation as an “embarrassing” grasp for power.
“This is, quite frankly, with all due respect to the sponsor, an embarrassing waste of the Senate’s time,” state Sen. Dale Righter said.
“This is being pushed by a far-leftist organization from the city of Chicago that wants to be able to get up and chirp about the president of the United States. We ought to be better than this.”
Trump rejected another request last week to release his tax returns, and has said individuals are free to release information about their own finances and should not be compelled to do so.
Democrats, however, have continued to push for the documents.
Rep. Richard Newal, chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, said Trump’s tax documents are “critical to ensure the accountability of our government and elected officials.”
But when Trump’s acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney was asked whether Trump would let Democrats see the returns, he was unequivocal.
“Never,” he told Fox News. “Nor should they.”