Who hacked? Trump challenges intel agencies he'll oversee

FILE - In this Dec. 28, 2016 file photo, President-elect Donald Trump speaks to reporters at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Fla. Trump challenges U.S. intelligence agencies to provide decisive evidence of Russian involvement in election-season hacking. Ahead of a highly anticipated congressional hearing, Trump is exploiting some Americans’ skepticism and undercutting officials he will soon rely on. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

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The president-elect told reporters at his press conference that only journalists wanted to see his tax returns. That's not true. Many of us feel his using tax loopholes for the very wealthy to pay zero income tax for years isn't "being smart," as he said during the debates. It is being unfair to the rest of us. The incoming administration plans on cutting social security and eliminating health coverage for millions of people, and if a billionaire cannot manage to pay as much as I do in Federal income tax, I think he is not patriotic, and he is leaving those less fortunate to prop him up on one of those golden chairs he has in his tower in New York City. He also has not accounted for his foreign investments yet. We don't know what he owns, and given the emoluments clause of the Constitution, designed by our founders precisely to keep a person from turning a profit as president, American citizens have a right to know what artful deals he has made to the detriment of American servicemen and women who might be asked to risk their lives to keep him rich and to make him richer. A tax return would let us know whether any war he may declare in our name is designed to line his big suit pockets. Not only do Americans care about his tax returns, we want to see a blind trust, not a transfer of title from father to sons, of those holdings, as we all know he will profit from the business and know its activities if his sons control it during his term of office. We want him to follow our Constitution and make sure that there isn't any conflict of interest in his holdings. For everyone who has not written this letter to the Advocate, I am confident that there are thousands of Louisianans who feel the same thing. Trump works for us starting in a few days, and we have every right to know these things about him. We all have a stake in knowing, not just journalists.

Anne Babson

English instructor

New Orleans