Who Is Leaking Donald Trump's Tax Returns?
- Author: Carlos Nash Mar 29, 2017,
Mar 29, 2017, 1:59
Did Maddow have Donald Trump's tax returns or just one of the Trumps' tax returns?
As a candidate and as president, Mr Trump has refused to release his tax returns, breaking a decades-long tradition. Tonight, 9 p.m. ET.
US President Donald Trump paid Dollars 38 million in taxes on more than USD 150 million in income in 2005, the White House announced on Wednesday, in a move to pre-empt a leak on this issue by one of the popular television shows.
The forms show Trump paid an effective tax rate of 24.5%, a figure well above the roughly 10% the average American taxpayer hands over each year.
The White House pronounced Maddow desperate for ratings and said she had violated a law against the unauthorized release or publishing of federal tax returns.
But it is below the 27.4% that taxpayers earning 1 million dollars a year average, according to data from the Congressional Joint Committee on Taxation.
"And I think it's offensive to ask that question", he added.
Appearing on MSNBC with commentator Rachel Maddow, Johnston said that he did not know the source of the leaked return, which had been placed in his mailbox.More news: California adds 22900 jobs in February; unemployment rate ticks down to 5%
"They are my "You Got the President's Tax Return" sneakers", Maddow said.
The two pages of the 2005 return that were leaked show types of Trump's income, but not where the money is coming from.
Not much was learned from the documents aside from the fact that Trump paid $38 million in federal income taxes on a $150 million income in 2005, which would mean his tax rate was 25 percent.
Here is what some media outlets are saying about the way Maddow and MSNBC went about releasing the information.
Neither Trump nor anybody in the administration have called for a probe into the returns' release. Because until we do, Donald Trump at the moment is still going to be our president. Dictionary.com said its top request for word definition was for "transom", after Johnston described how he received the documents "over the transom", meaning that they arrived unrequested and in this case, in the old-fashioned USA mail - the second time Trump tax returns have come to a reporter that way in recent months. To her credit, she also put the crucial subject of Trump's finances squarely back in the national conversation.
Click - time to find something else to watch. "That makes me smart", he responded.
She totally buried the lede, but that's okay because I'm sure she snaked a few more million viewers over to MSNBC for her big "reveal" of her "scoop".
Trump has maintained that the publication of the returns was illegal, although he seemed to take pride in the financial results shown in the returns during an interview for Fox News Channel's "Tucker Carlson Tonight" to be aired Wednesday. But was he really that far off? Maddow was at the center of the political media universe Tuesday, March 14, 2017, with a story on President Donald Trump's tax returns. At the time, she was not a a US citizen but had a green card.