MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow said on Tuesday she has President Trump’s elusive tax returns from 2005.
Maddow pledged to discuss Trump’s much-desired financial documents on “The Rachel Maddow Show” at 9 p.m. Tuesday following months of dogged calls to have the filings released ahead of the November election.
The investigative journalist behind the findings, David Cay Johnston, said he would be on Maddow’s show to “break a big story about Trump and his taxes.”
Maddow later specified the documents are Trump’s 1040 from 2005, the year the future President married Melania Knauss and founded the since-shuttered Trump University. He had hosted “The Apprentice” for at least a year on NBC.
The White House slammed the bombshell findings as “illegally published” in a terse statement addressed to reporters.
“You know you are desperate for ratings when you are willing to violate the law to push a story about two pages of tax returns from over a decade ago,” a Trump administration spokesperson said.
Meanwhile, the same statement verified the document was two pages and that Trump paid $ 38 million on “an incoming of more than $ 150 million,” a staggering difference from the $ 916 million loss Trump reported a decade earlier.
In November, Johnston stated “abundant evidence shows that the IRS and the New York State attorney general should initiate criminal investigations of Donald Trump, his charitable foundation and his personal tax returns.”
In January, Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway said the White House would withhold the documents despite a longstanding precedent since Gerald Ford for GOP presidential candidates to release their financial filings during the past nine elections.
Trump previously said the taxes were not in the public interest.
“You know, the only one that cares about my tax returns are the reporters,” Trump quipped during a chaotic news conference after his inauguration.
A tipster leaked Trump’s three-page tax filing from 1995 that revealed a whopping $ 916 million loss. The deficit allowed Trump to legally avoid paying federal income taxes for up to 18 years, according to the documents obtained in September by the Daily News and New York Times.
This is a developing story and will be updated.