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Washington - Trump Attorney Didn't Want Him To Sign Financial Disclosure

Published on: May 19, 2017 12:00 PM
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FILE In this Jan. 17, 2017 file photo, Attorney Sheri Dillon arrives at Trump Tower in New York. Donald Trump's attorneys originally wanted him to submit an updated financial disclosure without certifying the information as true, according to correspondence with the Office of Government Ethics.  (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)FILE In this Jan. 17, 2017 file photo, Attorney Sheri Dillon arrives at Trump Tower in New York. Donald Trump's attorneys originally wanted him to submit an updated financial disclosure without certifying the information as true, according to correspondence with the Office of Government Ethics.  (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

Washington - Donald Trump’s attorneys originally wanted him to submit an updated financial disclosure without certifying the information as true, according to correspondence with the Office of Government Ethics.

Attorney Sheri Dillon said she saw no need for Trump to sign his 2016 personal financial disclosure because he is filing voluntarily this year. But OGE director Walter Shaub said his office would only work with Dillon if she agreed to follow the typical process of having Trump make the certification. That is standard practice for the thousands of financial disclosure forms OGE processes each year.

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The Associated Press obtained the letters under a Freedom of Information Act request.

“As we discussed, OGE will provide this assistance on the condition that the President is committed to certifying that the contents of his report are true, complete and correct,” Shaub wrote in a May 10 letter. “When we met on April 27, 2017, you requested that he be excused from providing this certification.”

In her letter to Shaub, Dillon says the president will “sign and file” documents regarding his 2016 financials by mid-June — an indication that she agreed to the OGE requirement that the president certify the information as true to the best of his knowledge.

Dillon also stressed in her letter, dated May 9, that Trump is under no obligation to file a financial disclosure this year and is doing so voluntarily. “President Trump welcomes the opportunity to provide this optional disclosure to the public, and hopes to file it shortly,” she wrote.

Personal financial disclosures include an accounting of a person’s personal income, assets and liabilities. Trump’s 2016 form will span his general election candidacy, election and transition to power — potentially shedding light on the immediate impact his Republican nomination and election had on his Trump Organization.

Last May, then-candidate Trump’s disclosure form showed his business empire had grown in value while he was running for office. However, the information is no substitute for tax returns, which Trump has chosen not to release — breaking the long tradition of his predecessors. Tax documents would show his effective rate of income tax and detail the extent of his charitable giving.

Trump’s decision to file a personal financial disclosure puts him in the company of past Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush and others.

Shaub references that history in the first line of his letter to Dillon: “Thank you for your letter dated May 9, 2017, regarding the President’s decision to adhere to the longstanding tradition of voluntarily filing a public financial disclosure report in the first year after taking office.”



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 May 19, 2017 at 12:21 PM TrumpISprez4-8 Says:

"Tax documents would show his effective rate of income tax"

Which in 2005 was 25%., 40 million dollars.

Of course the AP conveniently left that out.

AP= Fact Spin News = Fake news

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 May 19, 2017 at 01:48 PM Simpleton Says:

Can someone please explain to me in simple terms what this means?
Is he trying to hid his finances, or publicly show them but his attorney decided not to?

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 May 19, 2017 at 02:17 PM qazxc Says:

Stay calm, Trumptrollbots.
I've got this covered.

But Obama didn't release his tax returns.
But Hillary Clinton didn't release her tax returns.
But Bill Clinton didn't release his tax returns.
Bernie Sanders didn't release his tax returns.

Bengahzzi!!!
FAKE NEWS!!!

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 May 19, 2017 at 03:42 PM TrumpISprez4-8 Says:

Reply to #2  
Simpleton Says:

Can someone please explain to me in simple terms what this means?
Is he trying to hid his finances, or publicly show them but his attorney decided not to?

Its my understanding that this means he was trying to disclose his finances. However, since he knew that there is witchhunt against him any small error or tiny infraction could potentially cause legal trouble. Its kind of like the $1,000 you got from your aunt sally that you just did not report. That's technically not a major sin. But when people are out to get you, they will fry you on that small mistake. Now just imagne such an error when you complex business dealings.

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 May 19, 2017 at 04:46 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #1  
TrumpISprez4-8 Says:

"Tax documents would show his effective rate of income tax"

Which in 2005 was 25%., 40 million dollars.

Of course the AP conveniently left that out.

AP= Fact Spin News = Fake news

There are four problems with waving Trump's 2005 leak:
1) It's only a single data point
2) It seems to have been leaked by Trump
3) It's only a summary
4) Trump's refusal to release all his data clearly indicates the 2005 isn't representative.

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 May 19, 2017 at 06:38 PM TrumpISprez4-8 Says:

Reply to #5  
Anonymous Says:

There are four problems with waving Trump's 2005 leak:
1) It's only a single data point
2) It seems to have been leaked by Trump
3) It's only a summary
4) Trump's refusal to release all his data clearly indicates the 2005 isn't representative.

Leaked by trump to msnbc . That's as likely as a man landing in Mars . Your conspiracy theories make Trumps look good .

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 May 20, 2017 at 11:40 PM Anonymous Says:

If Trump's leaked 2005 1040 form was typical, why won't he release even the two-page 1040 form for other years. I mean, if they are even close in resemblance, why not?

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