CNN host jousts with Trump campaign official after invoking work in Obama administration

CNN’s Jim Sciutto got into a testy exchange with Tim Murtaugh, the Trump campaign’s communications director, about his foreign policy work during the Obama administration.

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The clash Tuesday began when Sciutto, who is the chief national security correspondent for CNN, brought up the New York Times report about the president’s tax returns, after which Murtaugh repeated President Trump’s assertion that he will release his financial information after the audit of his taxes is completed.

“I’ll just take it as a nonanswer,” Sciutto asserted.

Murtaugh told Sciutto the refunds Trump received were made “possible under a law signed by your former boss Barack Obama that allows people to claim losses in previous years and carry them forward.”

A visibly bothered Sciutto then chided Murtaugh for invoking his work in the State Department during the Obama administration.

“Don’t go personal here, Tim Murtaugh,” Sciutto said. “Don’t go personal here. I worked as chief of staff for the U.S. ambassador to China.”

“It’s not personal. It’s a fact,” Murtaugh responded. “President Obama signed that law.”

According to the New York Times, Trump claimed and received refunds of $72.9 million from the IRS, including $2.7 million in interest. The refunds, however, require approval from IRS auditors and Congress’s Joint Committee on Taxation because they exceed $2 million. Since the spring of 2011, the case has undergone an audit, and it was reviewed by the committee in the spring of 2016.

Alan Garten, a lawyer for the Trump Organization, told the New York Times that Trump “paid tens of millions of dollars in personal taxes to the federal government, including paying millions in personal taxes since announcing his candidacy in 2015.”

“While you claim that President Trump paid no taxes in 10 of the 15 previous years, you also assert that President Trump claimed a massive refund for tens of millions for taxes he did pay,” Garten continued. “These two claims are entirely inconsistent and, in any event, not supported by the facts.”

Trump also called the report “totally fake news” and recommitted to releasing the returns once the audit of the refunds was completed.

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Original Author: Anthony Leonardi

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