Trump’s lawyer did not want him to sign his financial disclosure forms certifying that they are true, according to an AP report.
According to their report:
Donald Trump’s attorneys originally wanted him to submit an updated financial disclosure without certifying the information as true, according to correspondence with the Office of Government Ethics.
Attorney Sheri Dillon said she saw no need for Trump to sign his 2016 personal financial disclosure because he is filing voluntarily this year. But OGE director Walter Shaub said his office would only work with Dillon if she agreed to follow the typical process of having Trump make the certification. That is standard practice for the thousands of financial disclosure forms OGE processes each year.
The financial disclosures include information about a person’s income, assets, liabilities, and holdings but are not the same or as detailed as a tax return, which Trump has repeatedly refused to disclose.
Trump’s attorney also suggested in the correspondence that Trump did not need to follow the rules and sign the forms because he was submitting them voluntarily.
The Office of Government Ethics acknowledged that indeed it was voluntary in their reply: “Thank you for your letter dated May 9, 2017, regarding the President’s decision to adhere to the longstanding tradition of voluntarily filing a public financial disclosure report in the first year after taking office.”
However, the OGE insisted that, like everyone else, Trump sign the form.