There are resounding ethical reasons why President Donald Trump should release his tax returns.
If he does, it won’t be because people are marching in the street demanding it. Trump seems impervious to any suggestion that the American people have an interest in how his assets and liabilities affect his policy positions or compromise him in any way — even though polling confirms that a majority of Americans want him to release his returns.
But if he wants to make tax reform legislation one of his crowning achievements, he’s going to have to face reality.
As Richard Painter — an expert on government ethics and a faculty member at the University of Minnesota — recently told PBS NewsHour: “I can’t imagine that Congress would sign off on a bill proposed by the president if he’s not going to disclose how the bill is going to affect him financially. And the only way to do that is release those tax returns.”