UPDATE: Conway retracts statement on Trump’s refusal to release taxes

UPDATE — 12:04 p.m. EST: Contradicting her statement from a television interview Sunday, Trump confidant Kellyanne Conway hinted in a tweet Monday morning that the president may still release his tax filings to the public after the IRS is finished reviewing the documents.

 

During one of several appearances on Sunday morning public-affairs shows, White House counselor Kellyanne Conway revealed on ABC’s This Week President Trump has no plans to release his past IRS tax forms to the public.

As host George Stephanopoulos finished his cross examination on the president’s Saturday visit to CIA headquarters and debate over media coverage of Mr. Trump’s inauguration crowd, he reminded Conway of a White House petition calling on the president to release his tax returns has earned over 200,000 signatures.

Asked by Stephanopoulos what Mr. Trump’s response to the petition was, Conway responded:

“The White House response is that he’s not going to release his tax returns.  We litigated this all through the election. People didn’t care. They voted for him, and let me make this very clear: Most Americans are — are very focused on what their tax returns will look like while President Trump is in office, not what his look like.”

Hours later, investigative journalism group, WikiLeaks, harnessed Twitter to offer a pathway to the public over the White House’s refusal to publicize the president’s tax returns.

In two tweets, the whistleblowing platform described the White House response declining to make public the president’s tax forms as unsatisfactory and egregious in comparison to Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s refusal to release full transcripts of behind-closed-door addresses to Wall Street executives.

Stopping short of offering a premium for securing the New York businessman’s tax returns, the disclosure portal vowed to publish it on its website when a verifiable copy is received.

 

[The Hill] [Uproxx] [Politico]