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Anyone who is paying attention to what is going on with the newly-minted Trump administration knows that last night, Rachel Maddow of MSNBC had a big ‘reveal’ of Trump’s previously-unreleased taxes. Before the show even aired, there were rumors that Rachel had the biggest of ‘scoops’ on Trump’s tax returns.
This revelation came in response to Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter David Cay Johnston reportedly obtaining documents from Trump’s 2005 federal tax returns, and exclusively reporting them through Rachel Maddow.
A political ‘junkie’ myself, I, of course, tuned in to watch Rachel unveil this ‘huge’ discovery.
I watched and I watched, and I felt less and less impressed as the show went on. What Rachel got ahold of was just the first two pages of Trump’s 2005 return, but not the dozens of required detail that such a return would entail.
What did we learn from that interestingly light version of Trump’s 2005 return? Trump paid $38 million in taxes on income of $150 million of income. Hmm, sounds pretty good, right? For those of us who thought Trump paid zero in taxes for the last decade (and we still do), that may have placated the doubters.
But not so fast. First, isn’t it interesting that whomever ‘leaked’ this information leaked something so limited in scope and more flattering to Trump than would ever be expected? Is that a leak designed to expose Trump, or a leak designed to make him look good?
Apparently, Donald Trump Jr is ‘giddy’ about the leak, you know, the son who says he doesn’t speak to dad anyomore because it would look like a business conflict of interest.
The problem here is that leaking just the ‘good’ stuff only makes those who have the ‘bad’ stuff want to leak what they know. Get ready Team Trump for quite an ugly fight.