Clinton Campaign Seizes on Trump Tax Report

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump shakes hands with Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton following the presidential debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y., Monday, Sept. 26, 2016. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump shakes hands with Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton following the presidential debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y., Monday, Sept. 26, 2016. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

WASHINGTON (AP) —Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign is seizing on a New York Times report about rival Donald Trump’s taxes as a sign of his business failures and evidence he may not have paid taxes for years.

Tax records obtained by The New York Times show that Donald Trump’s business losses in 1995 were nearly a billion dollars — so large that they could have allowed him to avoid paying federal income taxes for as many as 18 years.

Clinton campaign manager Robbie Mook said in a statement that “this bombshell report reveals the colossal nature of Donald Trump’s past business failures and just how long he may have avoided paying any federal income taxes whatsoever.”

Mook says the report shows Trump “stiffed small businesses, laid off workers, and walked away from hardworking communities.”

And he said Trump “apparently got to avoid paying taxes for nearly two decades.”

He challenged Trump to go ahead and release his returns.”

Trump’s campaign accused the newspaper of working to benefit the Republican nominee’s presidential rival, Democrat Hillary Clinton.

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