VIDEO: MSNBC Releases Portion of President Donald Trump’s 2005 Tax Return
By Fox News // March 14, 2017
Trump Made Over $150 Million, Paid Over $38 Million In Taxes For 2005
ABOVE VIDEO: MSNBC host Rachel Maddow apparently obtained President Trump’s tax records. Fox News co-host tells Tucker there could be serious legal questions surrounding how the records were obtained.
(FOX NEWS) – In another major leak for the White House, MSNBC on Tuesday night released a portion of President Trump’s 2005 tax documents – drawing a stern rebuke from the administration.
Host Rachel Maddow said the two-page summary of Trump’s federal return for that year was first obtained by journalist David Cay Johnston, who gave MSNBC a first look at the documents.
It is unclear who leaked them. Johnston, with the website DCReport.org, said only that he found the documents “in the mail.”
Citing the files, they said Trump made over $150 million that year and paid over $38 million in taxes, which Johnston suggested was relatively low and the result of a benefit.
The White House, while roughly confirming those numbers, pre-emptively pushed back minutes before the on-air report, saying that publishing the returns would be illegal.
“You know you are desperate for ratings when you are willing to violate the law to push a story about two pages of tax returns from over a decade ago,” a senior administration official said in a statement.
The official added it is “totally illegal to steal and publish tax returns.”
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