Rachel Maddow created a firestorm when she announced on Tuesday that she had obtained Donald Trump’s tax returns. While it turned out that she didn’t ultimately have the type of explosive revelation that most of us have been praying for, it was revealed during the segment that Trump may have actually leaked the tax returns himself.
David Cay Johnston appeared on the Rachel Maddow Show Tuesday night to break the story. Johnston is a Pulitzer-Prize winning investigative journalist with extensive experience in finances. He is the founder and editor of DC Report. Two pages of Trump’s tax returns from 2005, his 1040 form, turned up mysteriously in Johnston’s mailbox. While talking with Maddow, he put forth the theory that Trump himself may have been behind the leak.
“What can you tell us about how you got these pages, how you got this document,” Maddow asked.
Johnston said that the tax returns simply came in the mail and then added that because he had not solicited the documents, publishing them as a journalist is completely legal. He then said that he thinks it is “entirely possible” that Trump himself sent the papers to him.
And by the way, let me point out that it’s entirely possible that Donald sent this to me. Donald Trump has, over the years, leaked all sorts of things,” Johnston told Maddow. “The very sleazy girl on girl pictures of the First Lady in the New York Post may have come from Donald. The front pages of the state tax returns that were sent the the New York Times and the New York Daily News last fall may have come from Donald. Donald has a long history of leaking material about himself when he thinks it’s in his interest.”
“Do you believe, do we have reason to believe, that those documents that you just described there were leaked by him? Or is there just the possibility?” Maddow asked.
“It’s a possibility and it could have been leaked by someone in his directon,” Johnston replied. “But with Donald you never know. Donald creates his own reality. He says things that aren’t true. He says things and then denies he said them. He lives in this world that isn’t the world that you and I live in of verifiable facts. So yes, I think I have to include that in the possibilities of where it came from.”
So, why would Trump have leaked his own tax returns? Maybe to distract the public from the fact that he has been bought and paid for by Russia. Which, if you ask me, is the same reason he decided to accuse former President Obama of tapping the phones of Trump Tower during the election.
You can watch the exchange, here:
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