Trump Tax Return Leaked By Donald Trump?
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Trump Tax Return
Leaked By Donald Trump?
The White House is crying foul after MSNBC revealed the 2005 Donald Trump tax return during a prime-time Tuesday night special. However, is “The Donald’s” raucous all just a ruse?
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It was billed as the political scoop of the year (so far). MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow got her hands on the 2005 Trump tax return via an anonymous source and advertised that she would reveal all in the 9pm hour. This was delicious news for the political world since Trump himself has consistently refused to release his taxes from any year. The news was also a ratings bonanza for Maddow since millions of people from around the world tuned in to hear the salacious financial dirt they’ve assumed Trump has been hiding.
Sadly, Maddow’s expose’ was a big fat dud, as the Trump tax return revealed a few boring facts and nothing sinister or at all exciting.
The 2 pages of an IRS 1040 form showed that in 2005, Trump earned $150 million and paid roughly $38 million in taxes. There was no surprise reveal of secret payments to or from Russia. There was no proof of an offshore bank account or proof that Trump was worth less than he has claimed. The MSNBC report seemed less of an enormous scoop and more like a tiny tidbit.
However, for anyone who tuned in Tuesday night and was left disappointed from not witnessing a treasure-trove of lies and illegalities in the Trump tax return, you may have missed the real scoop after all.
Who leaked the Trump tax return???
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David Cay Johnston, author of “The Making Of Donald Trump,” is the journalist who received “The Donald’s” taxes from an anonymous source. Now, Johnston is saying he strongly believes it was Donald Trump himself who leaked the documents to him.
“By the way, let me point out that it’s entirely possible that Donald Trump sent this to me. Donald Trump has, over the years, leaked all sorts of things,” Johnston, the founder of DCReport.org said.
Johnston’s theory was bolstered by a marking on the second page of the tax return that was stamped “Client Copy,” which lead Johnston to believe he was holding Trump’s own copy.
After all, Donald Trump has posed as his own publicist under the names “John Miller” and “John Barron,” so it wouldn’t be much of a stretch to believe that Trump himself would leak the boring 2-page tax document himself.
If Trump did, in fact, leak the tax report himself, he smartly chose a year that presented him in the best financial shape and hopefully put to rest any doubts of his monetary wealth. Additionally, Trump is now able to successfully paint himself as a “victim” whom the media continuously picks on.
For Rachel Maddow, her Trump tax return “Breaking News” was a fizzle. However, for Donald Trump, it is likely a win-win.
If only someone could get their hands on Trump’s tax returns from 2010 and beyond. Now THAT would likely be big news and an insight into what Trump is trying to hide!