At this very moment, the WhiteHouse.gov petition for immediate release of Trump’s tax return has reached 232,462 (well over the 100,000 signatures needed).
From Kellyanne Conway:
“We litigated this all through the election. People didn’t care,” Conway said. “They voted for him, and let me make this very clear: Most Americans … are very focused on what their tax returns will look like while President Trump is in office, not what his look like.” (http://www.cnn.com/2017/01/22/politics/kellyanne-conway-trump-tax-returns/)
I am assuming this is another “alternative fact” from Conway. A CNN poll found that 73% of registered voters believe that Trump should release his taxes to the public (source).
This may not be a law but it is a tradition plus a promise from the man himself. Plus, he has complained about tax returns in the past (source). Many voters are concerned with Trump’s foreign investments that could lead to the violation of the emolument clause of the Constitution. For example, if a foreign leader were to invest into Trump’s sprawling real estate business or even tipping a large sum while staying at a Trump hotel, it could be problematic.
No Title of Nobility shall be granted by the United States: And no Person holding any Office of Profit or Trust under them, shall, without the Consent of the Congress, accept of any present, Emolument, Office, or Title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince, or foreign State. (Article 1, Section 9, Clause 8 – Source)
Every responsible citizen should be vouching for the release. And, just to throw it out there, “what does he have to hide?” If he’s the straight-talker and straight-shooter that most Trump voters believe him to be, why would releasing his tax return be so bad?