Wyden, Blumenauer talk presidential tax returns with high school students

U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Oregon, speaks to students at Lincoln High School on Monday, April 17, 2017 as U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Oregon, looks on behind him. (KATU Photo)

After a weekend of national protests, two of Oregon’s national leaders talked tax returns with some local students Monday.

Related: More than 1,000 people march through downtown Portland demanding Trump release tax returns

Sen. Ron Wyden and Rep. Earl Blumenauer spoke to a group at Lincoln High School about various topics, including President Donald Trump’s tax returns.

Both lawmakers opened with praise for bipartisan teamwork, but it wasn’t long until they dug into the president.

“Releasing the tax returns for the president is the lowest ethical bar there is,” Wyden told the students.

Wyden is proposing a bill that would require presidential candidates to release tax returns. He says without the returns, the tax reform promised by Trump will be muddied by potential corruption.

Trump was the first major-party nominee in more than 40 years not to release his returns and he reneged on a campaign commitment to release them. He said they were being audited.

Thousands of sign-waving, chanting protesters marched Saturday through streets across America, demanding that the president release his tax returns so the public can examine his business ties and determine whether he has links to foreign powers.

The Associated Press contributed background for this story.

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