Warren Buffet challenges Trump to release his tax returns

Warren Buffett Challenges Trump to Show Tax Returns, Says He’s ‘Afraid’

ABC News, August 1, 2016


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Business magnate Warren Buffett took on Donald Trump over his refusal to release his tax returns — issuing the real estate mogul a challenge to put his cards on the table.

Speaking at a Hillary Clinton rally in Omaha, Nebraska today, the multi-billionaire joked he would meet Trump “any place, any time between now and election” to go over each other’s tax returns. The GOP nominee has claimed that he can’t release his tax returns because he is being audited.

“Now I’ve got news for him, I’m under audit too,” Buffett said. “There are no rules against showing your tax returns and just let people ask us questions about the items that are on there.”

Buffett instead suggested that Trump is withholding his tax returns intentionally.

“You’re only afraid if you’ve got something to be afraid about,” he told to the crowd. “He’s not afraid of the IRS. He’s afraid because of you.”

Buffett also challenged Trump on his claim that he’s “made a lot of sacrifices.”

“Donald Trump and I haven’t sacrificed anything,” Buffett said. “No member of the Buffett family has gone to Iraq or Afghanistan. No member of the Trump family has gone to Iraq or Afghanistan.”

The second richest man in the country closed out his introduction of Clinton with an offer to voters. Stressing Nebraska’s importance come Nov. 8, Buffett said he is launching a website called drive2vote.org — where he has reserved a trolley to drive people to the polls.

“It seats 32. I’m going to be on it all day. I’m going to do selfies, whatever it takes.” Buffett said. “My goal is to have the turnout here be the highest percentage of potential voters of any district in the country.”

Clinton upped the ante on that goal, making a promise to return to the district if they have the highest percentage of voters.

“I will shortly after I become president, sometime as soon as I can arrange it, come back here and Warren and I will dance in the streets of Omaha together,” she said. “And maybe if we’re really lucky he’ll wear his Elvis costume again.”

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Vice President Joe Biden officiated his first wedding ever — and it was for a same sex couple.

Biden officiated over the wedding of two longtime White House staffers, Brian Mosteller and Joe Mahshie, at the Naval Observatory on Monday, his office said.

Posting a photo of the ceremony on Twitter, Biden wrote, “Proud to marry Brian and Joe at my house. Couldn’t be happier, two longtime White House staffers, two great guys.”

His office said the vice president obtained a temporary certification from the District of Columbia to preside over the wedding ceremony, which was attended only by the grooms’ families.

Biden’s wife, Jill, later tweeted: “Love is love!”

The Vice President publicly endorsed same sex marriage in 2012.

ABC News’ Arlette Saenz contributed to this report.