Did Trump Punk Maddow? Is He The Tax Leaker?

Did Trump Punk Maddow? Is He The Tax Leaker?

After watching the Maddow Show about the “leaked” IRS return for Trump (just the 1st two pages), the thought crossed my mind that there was nothing really bad in the return, so why was it leaked? The first thing that came to mind was that Trump was possibly the leaker, that he was “punking” the new media by putting out the best year of his tax returns in say the last 15 years.

Why was that year selected by the leaker if they were trying to harm Trump?  See no reason it would be.  Someone at IRS that had access to the taxes could leak any and all.

Well I was not alone in this thought, the newsman that got the leak David Cay Johnston has said the same thing, he suspects Trump leaked it to him.  Interesting. 

(CNN)Who knows who leaked two pages of Donald Trump’s tax return.

But the leak, such as it is, does no harm to the President. It shows he actually paid income taxes — at least in 2005. Whether the President had paid income taxes recently had actually been something of an open question.
The journalist that published two pages from Donald Trump’s 2005 tax return says he doesn’t know who provided the documents; he got them in the mail.
“Yes,” Pulitzer Prize-winner David Cay Johnston replied when CNN anchor Poppy Harlow asked him if he thought the two pages, which show Trump paid $38 million in taxes on more than $150 million in income that year, could have been sent by the President himself.
“Donald has a long history of leaking things about himself and doing it indirectly and directly,” Johnston told Harlow and Chris Cuomo. “So it’s a possibility.” He published the returns on his website DCReport.org

 

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