‘Tell Us, Who Do You Owe The Money To?’

In an interview with MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell, Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris reacted to The New York Times
’ reporting on President Donald Trump’s taxes, saying the American people deserve a “full accounting of the financial interests, including the indebtedness of the president of the United States.”

Harris said Mr. Trump’s reported personal debt, running into the hundreds of millions of dollars and coming due in the next few years, was a national security issue. “Who does he owe the money to? Tell us, who do you owe the money to? And do you owe debt to any foreign nation? Do you…owe money — let’s just be clear about what debt means, you owe somebody money,” Harris said. “Do you owe anybody money who is impacted by any decision you make as president of the United States? We need to know that. The American people have a right to know that when the president of the United States acts, he acts with their priorities in mind, not with his priorities in mind.”

On the upcoming Senate hearings over President Trump’s pick to fill the Supreme Court seat left vacant by the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sen. Harris—who sits on the Senate Judiciary Committee that will hold the confirmation hearings—said she will participate in the questioning of Judge Amy Coney Barrett.

“There’s a lot at stake when we look at the Supreme Court,” Harris said. “It is the issue of the Affordable Care Act, and I’m going to be very focused on whether there is going to be a process of reviewing that lawsuit that Donald Trump has brought to get rid of the Affordable Care Act because he tried to get rid of everything Barack Obama created. I’m going to look to see if there is going to be fairness and integrity as applied to the review of that case. I’m going to be looking at the issue of Roe v. Wade and whether there is going to an adherence to precedent and an adherence to a woman’s right to make decisions about her own body, with her family, with her God, with her physician.”

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