Paul Ryan Ups the Ante on Donald Trump by Asking for Him to Release His Tax Returns

House Speaker Paul Ryan said Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump should fall in line with the standard procedure for candidates to disclose their tax returns.

In his weekly press conference Thursday, Ryan told reporters that Trump is the best person to decide when is the right time to release his tax returns:

“I’ll defer to Donald Trump as to when he thinks the appropriate time to release his returns — I know he’s under an audit and he’s got an opinion about when to release those. I’ll defer to him on that.”

Noting that he disclosed his tax information in 2012 while serving as Mitt Romney’s vice presidential running mate, Ryan added:

“I released mine, I think we should release ours.”

But Trump has yet to signal that he will ever reveal the specifics of his income and charitable contributions, an unprecedented move for the presidential nominee of a major party.

Last week, Trump’s running mate, Indiana Governor Mike Pence, released several years of his own tax information.

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