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!”
Does anybody really believe that a reporter, who nobody ever heard of, “went to his mailbox” and found my tax returns? @NBCNews FAKE NEWS!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 15, 2017
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!”
Gee, Donald, your White House confirmed my story. POTUS fake Tweet. Sad! https://t.co/ibK2ApKI9E
— David Cay Johnston (@DavidCayJ) March 15, 2017
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.
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