Bergman disappoints in Trump tax vote

To the Journal editor:

In September 2008, while attending a Real Estate Markets Conference in Manhattan, Donald Trump’s son, “Don Jr.,” made the statement, “Russians make up a pretty disproportionate cross-section of a lot of our assets….We see a lot of money pouring in from Russia.”

In 2013, Trump made millions when he partnered with a Russian billionaire to host the Miss Universe in Moscow. Now President Trump claims he has no business ties to Russia and claims he “has not called Russia in 10 years.”

What is the truth? His tax returns would help answer a lot of questions.

For years Trump had promised to release his tax returns if he ran for office. After announcing he was running for president in June 2015, he continued to say he would release his returns.

But on Feb. 22, 2016, he changed his story claiming he could not release them because his returns were under an IRS audit. He has never offered proof of an audit and there is no IRS provision preventing Trump from releasing the returns even if this was true.

On Feb. 27, House Republicans, including U.S. Rep Jack Bergman, R-Watersmeet, voted to table a Democratic sponsored resolution that would have directed the House of Representatives to request President Trump to release 10 years of his tax returns.

The next day I sent Rep. Bergman a message stating that I was “extremely disappointed with your vote. What do you believe is in Trump’s tax returns that he (and you) don’t want shared with the American public? I would appreciate a response.”