Mitt Romney says he believes Donald Trump’s tax returns contain some type of “bombshell.”
“I think there’s something there,” Romney said of Trump’s tax returns in an interview with CNN. “Either he’s not anywhere near as wealthy as he says he is, or he hasn’t been paying the kind of taxes we would expect him to pay.”
Romney had been criticized during his 2012 presidential campaign by Nevada Sen. Harry Reid and other Democrats for not releasing his own tax returns. Like Trump, Romney is a very successful, millionaire businessman. He now seems to be taking the same approach his adversaries used against him in the past.
“This was an issue in my campaign. That’s why I’m so sensitive to it,” Romney said.
“The reason I think there’s a bombshell in there is because every time he’s asked about his taxes, he dodges and delays and says ‘Well, we’re working on it.’ Hey, we’re not talking about the taxes that are coming due this year. We’re talking about taxes that already filed,” Romney said.
What is it that Romney believes Trump may be hiding in those returns?
“Perhaps he hasn’t been giving money to the veterans or to the disabled like he’s been telling us he’s been doing,” Romney said. “I think that’s the reason there’s a bombshell (in his returns).”
Trump responded to Romney’s perceived attacks by referring to him as “yesterdays news” and tweeting out scathing remarks against him. Trump endorsed Romney in the 2012 Republican primaries.
“Mitt Romney,who totally blew an election that should have been won and whose tax returns made him look like a fool, is now playing tough guy,” tweeted Trump.
However, Romney did not discriminate. He called on Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz to release their tax returns as well.
Romney’s request comes on the heels of Trump’s wins in New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada. Some look at Romney’s latest request for tax disclosure as a way to quell the populist candidate’s popularity.
Trump is not backing down without a fight. CNN’s Anderson Cooper asked him in Wednesday’s interview why he didn’t just release them to end the conversation. Trump responded that things weren’t that simple.
“Well, because my returns are extremely complex and I’ll make a determination at the right time,” Trump said. “Nobody has been bringing it up except for Mitt Romney and the only reason he brings it up is he lost in the last election and lost very badly.”
Trump added that his returns “are very, very complicated. I have many companies … I have a very complex system of taxes. And frankly, I get audited every single year.”
When pressed over whether or not he would absolutely release them, he responded, “I would say over the next couple of months we will make that determination. Absolutely.”
It looks as though “We’ll look into it” remains the Trump party line.