HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Hillary Clinton went after Donald Trump not releasing his tax returns during Monday night’s presidential debate at Hofstra University.
The Democratic nominee claimed that Trump that he could be hiding something “terrible” for not releasing his tax returns.
“First, maybe he’s not as rich as he says he is. Second, maybe he’s not as charitable as he claims to be. Third, we don’t know all of his business dealings, but we have been told through investigative reporting he owes about $650 million to Wall Street and foreign banks,” Clinton said.
She continued, “Or maybe he doesn’t want the American people, all of you watching tonight, to know that he’s paid nothing in federal taxes because the only years that anybody has ever seen were a couple years when he had to turn them over to state authorities when he was trying to get a casino license and they showed he didn’t pay any federal income taxes.”
Trump then chimed in, “That makes me smart,” adding that, “It would be squandered, too, believe me.”
Trump said he’ll release his tax returns if Hillary Clinton releases the “33,000 emails” she deleted from her private server.
Trump has said he can’t release his tax returns because he’s being audited by the IRS.
Clinton also said Trump has “stiffed” thousands of workers and small business owners and he should apologize to them. She said an architect who designed a clubhouse for one of Trump’s golf courses and was not properly paid was in the presidential debate audience.
Clinton’s father, Hugh Rodham, was a successful textile merchant. The Democratic presidential nominee says Trump’s business record, including his companies’ multiple bankruptcies, show he’d be a poor president.
Trump defended his business prowess, saying many of his ventures had been successful and he has numerous business partners who were happy to work with him.
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