White House Spills Trump's 2005 Tax Info Ahead Of TV Leak

MSNBC's Rachel Maddow, with the help of Daily Beast contributor David Cay Johnston, revealed a portion of Donald Trump's 2005 tax returns on Tuesday night - and the White House is freaking out about it.

The journalist who obtained the purported first two pages of President Trump's 2005 tax returns and made them public said this morning that Trump was probably not behind the anonymous release. Of course, much of the reaction to Maddow's report that Trump paid more than $38 million in taxes in 2005 was panned by many, especially conservative media outlets.

Mr Trump paid "no more tax than legally required", the official said.

The leaked 1040 tax return form is a summary but offers a rare glimpse in other obscure finances.

Trump had refused to release his returns during the campaign for the Presidential elections in the U.S., breaking a decade-long tradition. Trump had said that he was under audit by the Internal Revenue Service and that his attorneys had advised against it.

The two-page return doesn't really answer many questions, but does begin to shed a little light on Trump's finances.

Talking to MSNBC, Johnston suggests Trump may have personally sent the documents given his "long history of leaking material about himself when he thinks it's in his interest".

The White House released the statement before Maddow's broadcast, which was set to air at 9 p.m. EST.

Critics say Trump's tax returns could shed light on the investigation into Russian activities during the 2016 presidential election.

At publish time, the White House hasn't commented on those allegations. Johnston said that rate is less than half of what the lowest tax rate is for Americans who make the least money.

"You know, the only one that cares about my tax returns are the reporters", he said during a news conference after his January 20 inauguration.



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