Steeped in controversy, White House still receiving questions about President Trump's tax returns

Sen. James Lankford (R-OK) says the White House could cut down on some distractions by...
Sen. James Lankford (R-OK) says the White House could cut down on some distractions by President Trump releasing his tax returns. (GRAYDC)
Published: May. 18, 2017 at 2:16 PM CDT
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A White House steeped in controversy is still receiving questions about President Donald Trump’s tax returns. Despite promises on the campaign trail that he would release them, the president has not done so. Senator James Lankford (R-OK) says the president can reduce distractions by releasing his returns.

“What he said he’s going to do, he should do,” said Lankford.

Lankford says though it’s not required by law, it could help the president.

“It just removes all the distractions from the White House for him to be able to step in and be able to do those things that he already said he was going to do,” said Lankford.

With the administration under heavy scrutiny, Lankford says now is the time to be transparent on all fronts.

“I think he should fulfill and do it and just clear the deck,” said Lankford.

Others say repeated questions about his tax returns are an effort to further pile on the White House. David Avella, chairman of the conservative GOPAC, says this is the president’s choice, and he has no obligation to release his returns.

“American people have made that decision...they elected him not knowing and not seeing his tax returns,” said Avella. “They elected him because they want him to create jobs and keep Americans safe.”

Avella says it is a media driven campaign to sidetrack the president and Americans. He says he does not think the president is losing sleep over the calls for his tax returns.

“The media will ask their questions, but it shouldn’t distract Republicans in the Congress and the president from doing what they were ultimately elected to do,” said Avella.

Democrats on Capitol Hill have been unsuccessful in passing legislation that would force the president to release his returns.