An Old Tax Return from President Trump Leaks, So Where's the Rest?

16 March, 2017, 00:23 | Author: Michele Stevens
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Rachel Maddow has benefitted from largely ignoring the noise sitting right in front of her on Twitter every day

David Cay Johnston, a DC-area journalist, got his hands on the first two pages of Trump's 2005 federal income tax return and handed them over to Maddow just in time for this evening's broadcast.

The documents showed Trump reported about $152 million in income, including $67 million in rental income, and paid the Alternative Minimum Tax of about $38 million.

"The venom and anger and the falsehoods in the White House statement suggests that, no, he's probably not the source", Johnston said on the morning show.

According to documents obtained by Mr. Johnston, Mr. Trump paid $ 36.5 million in income tax of $ 153 million, at a tax rate of about 24%.

But as Maddow pointed out during Tuesday's program, sharing the returns - which were lawfully obtained - is part of a journalist's first amendment rights, though we probably shouldn't expect Trump to know anything about those since he has spent almost every day of his first two months in office either attacking the press or avoiding them.

For months now, Trump has refused to release his tax returns, claiming he is barred from doing so because he is under audit.

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MSNBC host Rachel Maddow wrote in a tweet on Tuesday afternoon that she has President Donald Trump's tax returns and plans on delivering them tonight on her show at 9PM ET.

Trump has long insisted that the American public is not interested in his returns and has said little can be learned from them.

Mr Trump based his presidential bid on his talents as a businessman, without revealing the details of his financial affairs.

The White House released the statement before Maddow went on the air, and she said her staff asked the administration to verify the documents as authentic.

The White House has not said whether or not the president plans to release his returns while he is in office.

The White House appeared to confirm that the leaked return is real by criticizing its use without denying its authenticity. He also has written books on taxes as well as on the president himself, called "The Making of Donald Trump".

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