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In a conference call with reporters, Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer of NY sought to tie Trump's refusal to release his tax returns to prospects for a rewrite of the tax code.
Thousands of voters from all over the country marched on Saturday to show President Donald Trump that they do indeed care about his tax returns. Organizers say marches are taking place in about 150 cities.
More than 100 similar marches are scheduled across the country on Saturday.
Trump, who spent the morning at his Florida golf course, avoided several hundred protesters when his motorcade took a circuitous route back to Mar-A-Lago, his Palm Beach, Florida, estate.
Priscilla Evans, a 25-year-old Wendy's worker from Virginia who struggles to support her family on $7.25 an hour, will give remarks Saturday at the march in Washington, D.C.
She says there's nothing to prevent Trump from releasing his income taxes and that "the simple truth is he's got a lot to hide". "We need a president who works for all Americans - and a tax system that does, too", said the organizers of the "Tax March" demonstrations on its website.
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Rep. Ted Lieu, Rep. Brad Sherman and county Supervisor Sheila Kuehl are expected to speak at the march about why they feel it's important for Trump to release his returns to the public. "We march because it is in the best interest of the American people to know what financial entanglements and conflicts of interest our leaders have".
Trump has cited an audit as the reason he won't release his taxes.
Protesters began converging on Cambridge Common in Massachusetts, where they also plan to call on the all-Democratic Massachusetts Congressional delegation to oppose Trump's budget proposal.
Democratic U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, of MA, on Friday posted an online video urging Congress to force Trump to release the returns.
He was the first major-party nominee in four decades to not release his tax returns, saying it was because he was under audit. The Democrats have initiated a petition process that would lead to a House vote if they can get a majority of lawmakers to sign it - an unlikely prospect, but one that gives Democrats a chance to highlight which Republicans declined to help with their effort.
The House Ways and Means Committee has legal authority to obtain confidential tax records.
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Apr 11 2017