In a bombshell report, Rachel Maddow releases Trump’s 2005 tax returns on her show Tuesday evening.
With only 2 hours to go until show time, Maddow tweeted that she had the returns setting off an explosion social media.
In her first tweet she wrote: “BREAKING: We’ve got Trump tax returns. Tonight, 9pm ET. MSNBC. (Seriously)” and followed that up by another tweet about an hour later clarifying that “What we’ve got is from 2005… the President’s 1040 form.”
BREAKING: We've got Trump tax returns. Tonight, 9pm ET. MSNBC.
— Rachel Maddow MSNBC (@maddow) March 14, 2017
What we've got is from 2005… the President's 1040 form… details to come tonight 9PM ET, MSNBC.
— Rachel Maddow MSNBC (@maddow) March 15, 2017
Conservative website Forbes reports that “the White House responded before the show even aired, noting to MSNBC that the network is ‘desperate for ratings’ and that the network was ‘violating a law to push a story.'”
CNBC reports that “Pulitzer-prize winning investigative reporter David Cay Johnston obtained a copy of President Donald Trump’s 2005 federal tax returns, and exclusively shared those findings Tuesday evening with MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow.”
Below is the full statement from the White House:
“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. That being said, Mr. Trump paid $38 million dollars even after taking into account large scale depreciation for construction, on an income of more than $150 million dollars, as well as paying tens of millions of dollars in other taxes such as sales and excise taxes and employment taxes and this illegally published return proves just that. Despite this substantial income figure and tax paid, it is totally illegal to steal and publish tax returns. The dishonest media can continue to make this part of their agenda, while the President will focus on his, which includes tax reform that will benefit all Americans.”