Rachel Maddow caused quite a stir when she revealed that she had obtained a copy of Donald Trump’s tax returns. The documents, which were revealed on Tuesday night’s episode of the Rachel Maddow Show, only contained a two page summary of Trump’s returns from 2005.
The actual reveal was admitted a bit disappointing considering that many people speculate that Trump’s returns might contain information linking him to Russia or would reveal that he isn’t as rich as he pretends to be.
In fact, the leaked documents provided nothing in the returns that even hinted at criminal activity or Trump’s alleged ties to Russia. This had led some to speculate that Trump may even have leaked the returns himself.
During Maddow’s show, she spoke with David Cay Johnston, the journalist who received the leaked returns, and he speculated that Trump may have sent them himself.
‘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. 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.’
Maddow then asked if Johnston actually had any evidence to support that theory or if it was just speculation on his part. Johnston admitted that he did not have any evidence, but admitted that, with Trump, it could be difficult to tell.
‘It’s a possibility and it could have been leaked by someone in his direction. 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’
For more information, you can watch the full exchange below:
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