Oklahoma Sen. James Lankford Calls on Donald Trump to Release Tax Returns
By SIOBHAN HUGHES, WSJ
Republican Sen. James Lankford of Oklahoma on Tuesday joined a small but growing group of Republicans pressing Donald Trump to release his tax returns.
“He promised he would,” Mr. Lankford told a small gathering of constituents on Tuesday, according to Tulsa World newspaper. “He should keep his promise.”
Since the late 1970s it has been common practice for presidential candidates to release their tax returns, though they have released records for differing time periods and at different stages of the campaign. Beginning with Jimmy Carter, every president has released their returns while in office.
Mr. Trump has declined, most frequently citing advice from lawyers not to release his returns during an audit. There is no law barring the release of tax returns during an Internal Revenue Service review.