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During a briefing on Monday, press secretary Sean Spicer claimed that President Donald Trump won't release his 2016 tax returns because they're under audit.

According to Steven Rosenthal, senior fellow at the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center, however, Spicer's point about every president being audited does not justify Trump's refusal to release his 2016 tax return.

Trump will likely be under audit for a while.

Javers pressed further by asking if Trump would authorize the IRS to confirm that he remains under audit.

Conway clarifies her comments with a tweet: "On taxes, answers (& repeated questions) are same from campaign: POTUS is under audit and will not release until that is completed".

Later, Spicer was asked whether the White House would say that Trump would never release his tax returns.

Watch the clips above, via ABC.

Trump says during the first presidential debate that his taxes will be released once an audit is finished. In fact, publicizing tax filings has only been a custom in the United States since Richard Nixon released his tax returns in 1973 during the backlash of the Watergate Scandal. It's a routine one. And he had previously suggested that the ex-businessman could offer those returns to the public on Tax Day.

Unless the agency finds evidence of a tax crime such as evasion and prosecutes the case, the only way the public may learn anything of what's in Trump's and Pence's returns is if they choose to voluntarily release them, which has become a tradition for the past 40 years.

Despite protests across the country over the weekend demanding the release of President Donald Trump's tax returns, the White House is still citing an ongoing audit to explain why the documents can't be made public.

Reverting to the stance the administration has taken on the president's taxes since the billionaire beat Hillary Clinton out for the Oval Office, Spicer said the American people knew what they were getting when they elected him. Though there is now no real motivation for Trump to release his tax records, it is clear that it is an issue that is and will continue to be very important to the American people.

Karl: "You won't. I mean you see. really?"

"No, I said, 'I'd have to get back to you on that.' I think that he is still under audit".

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