Trump Says He Could Be Undergoing an Audit Because He's a 'Strong Christian'

By Melanie Arter | February 26, 2016 | 10:05 AM EST

GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump (AP Photo)

( – GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump told CNN’s Chris Cuomo Thursday that the reason why he’s being audited might be because he’s “a strong Christian.”

“Well, maybe because of the fact that I’m a strong Christian, and I feel strongly about it, and maybe there’s a bias,” Trump said.

After the GOP presidential debate in Houston, Cuomo asked Trump why he won’t release his tax returns.

“They came at you tonight about something that’s in the news right now that really is at your control, which is the tax returns. Mitt Romney, during the debate, was bringing it up again--you could show them in a second if you want to. Why is Trump delaying? What do you say?” Cuomo asked.

“Well let me explain about Mitt. Mitt. You know Mitt is a guy who was a horrible candidate. He lost a race that should have been won, and it should have been won easily, and I don’t know what happened,” Trump said.

“He like disappeared the last 10 months. But when Mitt gave his tax returns--just so you understand--it was about six months from now in 2012. It was 2012. It was exactly September 21st, and that’s when he gave his tax return,” Trump added.

“We’re in a different world, so Mitt is just trying to remain relevant. Nobody’s talking to him much anymore. He got some publicity today," said Trump.

"But the one problem I have is that I’m always audited by the IRS, which I think is very unfair. I don’t know, maybe because of religion, maybe because of something else, maybe because I’m doing this, although this is just recently,” he said.

“What do you mean religion?” Cuomo asked.

“Well, maybe because of the fact that I’m a strong Christian, and I feel strongly about it, and maybe there’s a bias,” Trump said.

“You think you're being audited for being a strong Christian?” Cuomo asked.

“Well, you see what’s happened. I mean, you have many religious groups that are complaining about that. They’ve been complaining about it for a long time,” Trump replied.

“So release the ones that aren’t audited. It just seems like an easy answer for you.” Cuomo said.

“No, I can’t do that. I can’t do that. We have to put it together in a very unified way. They all relate to each other. I don’t know if you saw the picture I have where I have almost 1,000 pages. The ones from previous relate to the ones later, and it doesn’t make sense unless they’re all released at one time,” Trump said.

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