Mitt Romney suggested Wednesday there may be a "bombshell" within Donald Trump's tax information.
The Republican frontrunner has been "aggressive in avoiding any discussion of taxes," Romney told Fox News host Neil Cavuto. "Frankly I think we have good reason to believe that there's a bombshell in Donald Trump's taxes."
Asked by Cavuto what problems he envisions in Trump’s taxes, Romney suggested the numbers might reveal that he pays an excessively low rate, or that he isn’t worth the hefty $10 billion he claims, or that he hasn’t given as much to veterans’ charities as he boasts. "Donald Trump has said he's the best in the country for the disabled veterans and for the disabled generally,” Romney said. “Well, if his taxes show that he hasn't made any contributions to the disabled veterans, or to the disabled generally, that would be a big issue."
The former Republican Massachusetts governor, who has yet to endorse a candidate, was subjected to intense tax scrutiny during his failed 2012 presidential run against Barack Obama. Now that he has assumed an elder statesmen's role for the party, Romney believes the GOP candidates should undergo similar tax vetting.
Trump responded later Wednesday in characteristic fashion:
Mitt Romney,who totally blew an election that should have been won and whose tax returns made him look like a fool, is now playing tough guy— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 24, 2016