Rachel Maddow, a liberal news host from MSNBC, has become one of the most watched news shows recently because of her targets on President Trump.
On Tuesday, Maddow announced that she planned to reveal information on Trump’s tax return forms. Her reasoning for the reveal was that people have been concerned about Trump’s source of income and why he has chosen not to reveal these documents like other presidents have in the past.
The tax return forms were from 2005.
According to her show, she approached the White House to determine if the tax forms were real and this was their response:
“Before being elected President, Mr. Trump was one of the most successful businessmen in the world with a responsibility to his company, his family and his employees to pay no more tax than legally required.”
The White House statement also mentions that Trump paid $38 million on his more than $150 million income, in addition to other taxes.
The statement concludes with, “Despite this substantial income figure and tax paid, it is totally illegal to steal and publish tax returns. The dishonest media can continue to make this part of their agenda, while the President will focus on his.”
Maddow is later joined by the man who received the tax forms randomly via mail, David Cay Johnston.
Johnston creates more possible “fake” news in the media stating, “It’s entirely possible that Donald sent this to me...Donald has a long history of leaking material about himself when he think it’s in his interest.”
Conservatives are responding to Maddow’s show, including Donald J Trump Jr., mocking Maddow and highlighting the fact that this information was from 12 years ago.
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