House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) explained this week why she continues to keep her tax records private while arguing that President Donald Trump should release his returns.
She said that if she should “decide to run for president” she would make those documents public, as reported by Breitbart.
Pelosi’s comments came on the heels of federal loan data released by the Trump administration that shows a company linked to her husband received hundreds of thousands of dollars from the Paycheck Protection Program.
“I will most certainly release my tax returns”
The coronavirus relief measure was designed and passed to help small businesses continue to fund their payroll expenses throughout pandemic-related shutdowns.
During a conference call hosted by the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees labor union on Thursday, the House speaker addressed one reporter’s question about whether she would be willing to make her tax returns public.
“When and if I decide to run for president, I will most certainly release my tax returns,” she responded.
In the meantime, she and other Democrats continue to call for access to the president’s tax information in the apparent pursuit of evidence that he was engaged in some form of wrongdoing.
That narrative advanced this week with a pair of U.S. Supreme Court rulings.
“Victory for the Constitution of the United States”
In the first, justices ruled that Trump will not be required to give his tax returns to Congress. The other decision, however, held that he does have to provide requested documents to a New York prosecutor who has been seeking them as part of an ongoing investigation.
Pelosi described the latter decision as a “victory for the Constitution of the United States,” going on to note the perceived impact of the precedent.
“The Supreme Court, including the president’s appointees, have declared that he is not above the law,” she said. “A careful reading of the Supreme Court rulings related to the president’s financial records is not good news for President Trump.”
Whether the Supreme Court rulings are a net positive or negative for the president remains to be determined. What does seem clear, however, is that the public is not going to be seeing Pelosi’s taxes any time soon.