Trump’s lawyers understand the importance of telling the truth on financial disclosure forms. Trump does not.
Donald Trump absolutely refuses to release his tax returns. Instead he wants us to just look at his financial disclosure forms. But now we’re finding out that Trump’s attorneys did not want him to certify that the disclosure was true by putting his signature on the forms.
Clearly, Trump has something to hide. And his lawyers know it.
On Friday, the AP reported,
“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 Walter Shaub, the Director of the Office of Government Ethics (OGE), refused to accept the forms without Trump’s signature.
In a May 10 letter obtained by the AP through the Freedom of Information Act, Shaub wrote,
“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. When we met on April 27, 2017, you requested that he be excused from providing this certification.”
So Dillan finally agreed that Trump would “sign and file” his 2016 financial disclosure forms by mid-June. But she made a point of saying that her client was not obligated to certify that the documents were factual, but was signing voluntarily. “President Trump welcomes the opportunity to provide this optional disclosure to the public.”
The AP added,
“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.”