As presumptive GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump fights the political pressure to release his tax returns, his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton is in a different position. Clinton said last month "my husband and I have released 33 years of tax returns." The former Secretary of State added, "we've got eight years on our website right now." Public scrutiny is something Clinton is intimately familiar with -- she may be the most scrutinized public figure of her time. But such scrutiny is new -- at this level -- for Donald Trump, despite his fame.
Trump has said that his taxes are "none of your business" when asked. But critics from former president Bill Clinton to former GOP nominee Mitt Romney have said Trump must release the information -- that such transparency is necessary in a 21st century candidate. Hillary Clinton notes that in posting and making transparent her tax returns for the eight years from 2007 to 2014 -- during which time she and her husband paid an astounding $43,885,310 in federal taxes -- she complies with the public's need to see. Clinton says her practice of revealing her returns now extends all the way back to 1977.
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