Kellyanne Conway, Donald Trump's campaign manager, responded briskly to questions about the candidate's tax returns during an interview on CNN. Reporter Alisyn Camerota asked Conway on "New Day," "Will Donald Trump release anything from the IRS proving that he's under audit?" 
 
"I'm sorry," Conway said while Camerota repeated her question. "Are you calling him a liar?"
 
"Seriously, we're running against a Clinton," Conway continued, "and we're going to challenge someone's veracity?"
 
Conway pushed back against criticism of Trump for refusal to release his tax returns thus far, even though every president for the last 40 years has made the disclosure.
 
Conway reiterated that Trump's lawyers have advised the candidate not to release his tax returns while an audit is being conducted, despite assurances from outside tax experts who have said no such conflict exists. She would not say whether any more information will be released. 
 
Camerota pressed later for proof of Trump's charitable giving. Camerota asked, "Part of why people are calling for him to release his taxes is so we do know how much he himself has given to charity. Will you or the campaign release exactly what that number is?"
 
"I doubt it," Conway said.
 
Camerota asked, "Why would you doubt it?"
 
Conway replied, "I doubt it. This is like badgering. I don't see it as journalism, I see it as badgering. We've had this conversation so many different times on so many different networks, yet we're not having a conversation about what the middle class middle-class would mean for people's wage stagnation."


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Spero News editor Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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