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Democrats blast Trump after report reveals he avoided income taxes for 10 years: 'Disgusting'

Democrats sounded off against President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden says voters should choose who nominates Supreme Court justice Trump, Biden will not shake hands at first debate due to COVID-19 Pelosi: Trump Supreme Court pick 'threatens' Affordable Care Act MORE on Sunday evening after The New York Times dropped a bombshell report detailing 20 years of his tax history, including that he avoided income taxes for 10 of those years.

According to The New York Times, Trump paid no income taxes for 10 of the 15 years before he was elected president, and his income tax payments in 2016 and 2017 amounted to just $750.

Democratic lawmakers took to Twitter to rip the findings in the report, with Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerPelosi: Trump Supreme Court pick 'threatens' Affordable Care Act Will Democrats attempt to pack the Supreme Court again? Pelosi slams Trump executive order on pre-existing conditions: It 'isn't worth the paper it's signed on' MORE (D-N.Y.) asking people to raise their hands if they paid more than Trump. 

Fellow Democratic Rep. Bill PascrellWilliam (Bill) James PascrellRep. Bill Pascrell named chair of House oversight panel Trump says people 'in the dark shadows' are controlling Biden Democrats tear into Trump's 'deep state' tweet: His 'lies and recklessness' have 'killed people' MORE (N.J.), called the revelations "disgusting" and said that "the emperor has no clothes."

Others pointedly called for donations of $750 to Democrats after the report.

"He knows better than anyone that there’s one set of rules for the wealthy and giant corporations and another for hardworking Americans—and instead of using his power to fix it, he's taken advantage of it at every turn," Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) said in a tweet after the news.

House Ways and Means Committee Chair Richard NealRichard Edmund NealCentrist Democrats got their COVID bill, now they want a vote On The Money: Half of states deplete funds for Trump's 0 unemployment expansion | EU appealing ruling in Apple tax case | House Democrats include more aid for airlines in coronavirus package House Democrats to include more aid for airlines in coronavirus package MORE (D-Mass.), whose panel has been fighting to obtain the president's tax returns, said in a statement that Trump "gamed the tax code to his advantage and used legal fights to delay or avoid paying what he owes."

"Today’s report underscores the importance of the Ways and Means Committee’s ongoing lawsuit to access Mr. Trump’s tax returns and ensure the presidential audit program is functioning effectively, without improper influence," he said.

Pascrell, the chair of the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Oversight, said in his own statement that the Times' findings "reveal absolutely staggering theft by Trump before and while he has been in office," and that "Trump must release his tax returns as is longstanding practice and is required by law to Congress instead of grandstanding and attacking the media." 

Lawyers from the Trump Organization as well as Trump himself have denied the report. 

In a statement to the Times, Trump Organization lawyer Alan Garten said that "most, if not all, of the facts appear to be inaccurate" and reportedly took issue with the amount of taxes the Times reported  Trump has paid.

Trump, at a press conference Sunday evening, called the report "totally fake news."

"The IRS does not treat me well. They treat me like the Tea Party," Trump said at a press briefing on Sunday, referring to claims from GOP figures that the IRS targeted GOP-leaning groups during the Obama administration.

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