Rachel Maddow Releases Donald Trump’s Tax Return

MSNBC‘s Rachel Maddow released two pages of Donald Trump‘s 2005 tax return Tuesday evening. David Cay Johnston, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who wrote a book about Trump and founded the website DCReport.org, told Maddow that he obtained two pages of Trump’s tax return via the U.S. mail.

The leaked tax return showed Trump paid $38 million on more than $150 million of reported income in 2005.

Many are now thinking Trump may have leaked his own tax return. Trump has a history of leaking things like nude photos of his wife Melania Trump.

“Donald has a long history of leaking things about himself and doing it indirectly and directly,” Johnston said. “So it’s a possibility.”

“Does anybody really believe that a reporter, who nobody ever heard of, ‘went to his mailbox’ and found my tax returns?” Trump tweeted the morning after MSNBC disclosed two pages of the 2005 return. “@NBCNews FAKE NEWS!”

Johnston — who told Maddow that “it’s entirely possible that Donald Trump sent this to me; Donald Trump has, over the years, leaked all sorts of things” — responded in kind on Twitter: “Gee, Donald, your White House confirmed my story. POTUS fake Tweet. Sad!”

The author of a book called The Making of Donald Trump also said Wednesday that he and his family have received death threats since the tax story broke.

Learn more on this developing story here.


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