- Three experts on the law and ethics say states do have the power to bar presidential candidates who won't release their tax returns
- Lawmakers have introduced such legislation in more than half the 50 states
Laurence H. Tribe is Carl M. Loeb University Professor and professor of constitutional law at Harvard Law School, Richard W. Painter is S. Walter Richey Professor of Corporate Law at the University of Minnesota Law School and vice chair of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, and former Ambassador Norman L. Eisen is a Fellow at The Brookings Institution and chair of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington. The opinions expressed in this commentary are their own.
(CNN)During the 2016 presidential campaign, Donald Trump broke with decades of tradition and declined to release to the public his federal tax returns, as every president since Richard Nixon had done.