Reporter Rachel Maddow for MSNBC announced in a tweet on Tuesday night that she had President Donald Trump’s tax returns and was going to reveal them that night.
At the beginning of the 9 PM broadcast Maddow stated, “This document has surfaced. It has been handed to a reporter. And that’s an important part of this story. That may be the most important part of the story.”
She commented further “We got it tonight, and I am sure it is only the start. But it’s a start. And our little piece of it, we just got it, we’ll go through it…” Later she continued, “What I have here, is a copy of Donald Trump’s tax returns. We have his Federal tax return for one year, for 2005… He paid… looks like $38 million in taxes. He took a big write down, of $103 million…If you add up the lines for income he made more than $150 million in income for that year.”
Before Maddow went on the air, the White House released key details of Trump’s tax information. A White House spokesman said, “Before being elected President, Mr. Trump was one of the most successful businessmen in the world with a responsibility to his company, his family and his employees to pay no more tax than legally required.”
Maddow got the copies of the tax returns from journalist David Cay Johnston, who received them anonymously in his mailbox. President Donald Trump did not believe that claim by Johnston, and said so in a tweet:
Johnston, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, has some theories on who leaked the document stating, “By the way, let me point out that it is entirely possible that Donald sent this to me. Donald Trump has over the years has leaked all sorts of things… Donald has a long history of leaking material about himself when he thinks it’s in his interest.”
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Watch the MSNBC video of the tax form release here: