What's In Trump's Tax Returns? They've Reportedly Surfaced After Months Of Speculation
Nearly a year after initial inquiries into President Trump's unreleased tax returns began hitting headlines, the documents have finally made their way into the public eye. On Tuesday, following months of rampant speculation over what it was in Trump's tax returns that had both the president and his advisers guarding them so closely, MSNBC host Rachel Maddow announced that the network had finally obtained the files. Within minutes of the announcement, the news had gone viral on social media and prompted a response from the White House itself.
"White House says in response to MSNBC that Trump paid $38 million in taxes on income of $150 million," Reuters investments editor Jennifer Ablan reported in a tweet.
An official statement later released by the White House read,
BREAKING: We've got Trump tax returns. Tonight, 9pm ET. MSNBC.— Rachel Maddow MSNBC (@maddow) March 14, 2017
14-Mar-2017 08:29:23 PM - WHITE HOUSE SAYS IN RESPONSE TO MSNBC THAT TRUMP PAID $38 MILLION IN TAXES ON INCOME OF $150 MILLION— Jennifer Ablan (@jennablan) March 15, 2017
On Tuesday evening, Maddow, speaking with the Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist David Cay Johnston who broke the story, reviewed the contents of the 1040 form. When asked how he had come across the documents, Johnston said the two pages of 2005 returns were placed in his mailbox by an anonymous source. "It's entirely possible Donald leaked this to me," Johnston joked.
DCReport.com, which Johnston founded and which first reported on the returns, published a brief breakdown of the return's contents on Tuesday as well, which was made available through The Daily Beast, where Johnston is a contributor (for much of Tuesday evening, DCReport.com was intermittently overwhelmed by web traffic and available sporadically). The site explained:
At a general election debate last September, Trump claimed he would release his tax returns when then-rival Hillary Clinton released a trove of 30,000 deleted emails from the private server she used during her tenure as secretary of state. Understandably, Clinton declined the offer.
As of Tuesday night, Trump's personal Twitter account, from which he so often tweets angry messages regarding various topics, remained silent on the leak. The non-reaction was, in and of itself, telling.