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"Are you calling him a liar?"
Donald Trump's campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, pushed back hard Tuesday when she was asked during a CNN interview if the Republican presidential nominee would release proof that he's under audit by the IRS. The claim of being under audit is the reason the Manhattan billionaire has repeatedly given for not releasing his tax returns.
"I don't know. Why? In other words, why are you? Are you calling him a liar?" Conway responded when CNN host Alisyn Camerota asked about the issue.
Camerota clarified that voters are now "taking his word for it" that Trump is under audit — and that's when things really became heated.
"And we're taking Hillary Clinton's word for it that didn't become overheated, or didn't have pneumonia, or that she's going to be aspirational, uplifting, or that she's going to start talking to the press again," Conway replied. "I mean seriously we're running against a Clinton, and we're going to challenge someone's veracity?"
Trump's rival, Hillary Clinton, has repeatedly called for the real estate tycoon to release his tax returns, as every major presidential candidate since Richard Nixon has done, but to no avail. Trump has refused to make the documents public because he says he is under "routine audit" by the IRS and his lawyers have advised him against transparency. Other tax lawyers, however, have insisted that releasing the returns would pose no problem to the Republican nominee or his businesses.
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