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Trump attacks reporter for 2005 tax return leak

Trump attacks reporter for 2005 tax return leak

The tax forms were obtained by journalist David Cay Johnston, who runs a website called DCReport.org, and reported on MSNBC's "The Rachel Maddow Show".

The documents showed that Trump had paid $38 million in taxes on income of more than $150 million that year.

But in a Twitter message posted just before 7 am, the president appeared to backtrack from that acknowledgment.

The unauthorized release or publishing of federal tax returns is a criminal offense, punishable by a fine of up to $5,000 and up to five years in jail.

Finally, Maddow's handling of the tax returns gave the Trump White House and pro-Trump conservatives like Sean Hannity and Laura Ingraham an opening to mock NBC and the media for "hysterical" reporting. "It's a possibility, and it could have been leaked by someone at his direction". (The file received by the New York Times to which Johnston referred on Maddow's show had the return address of Trump Tower.) An image of the envelope was released, showing a postmark of Westchester, New York - an affluent suburb of New York City - on March 9.

After viewers were finished suffering through her opening ranting and raving, we really learned nothing other than in this random year of 2005, Trump made a whole lot of money and he paid his share of taxes.

So how did Trump take advantage of the tax code - and how will he and other wealthy people benefit from his new tax plan?

The president and aides have not said whether he will release his next tax return, as previous presidents have done.

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Spokesman Terry Cunha said the company was working closely with the State Department. "We're looking at new factors", Toner said. The $8 billion pipeline project would pass through multiple USA states: Montana, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas and Oklahoma.

"It's been a hullaballoo around here", Maddow said as she opened her show.

MSNBC claimed that it is protected under the First Amendment because it published material crucial to public interest.

Although Trump repeatedly said he could not release his current tax returns because he was being audited by the Internal Revenue Service, a claim the IRS said is not correct, the issue caught the public imagination months ago. The reason for having not released the tax returns according to Trump's lawyers is that he is under audit.

"Donald has a long history of leaking things about himself, and doing it directly and indirectly".

Tax records obtained by The New York Times last year showed the losses were so large they could have allowed Trump to avoid paying taxes for up to 18 years. "The dishonest media can continue to make this part of their agenda, while the president will focus on his". This latest leak of the two-page summary of President Trump's 2005 tax return is just another example of the Democrats' disgraceful gotcha behavior, which includes the party's collusion with members of the corrupt and declining news media. Appearing with Ms. Maddow, he said he had received the forms "over the transom" and did not know who had sent them.

Trump's 2005 return shows most of Trump's tax bill that year was due to the Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT), which is aimed at preventing high-income earners from paying minimal taxes.

"Not since Wile E. Coyote got his first Acme catalog has anything blown up in someone's face worse than Rachel Maddow's big 'scoop, on President Trump's tax form", the former Arkansas governor and two-time presidential candidate wrote on his blog.


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