Trump's 2005 Tax Forms: 'Like Going to Dinner And Being Served Pictures of Food': [therealnews.com] -- The following transcript has not been proofread. The proofread version will be published as soon as it becomes available.
SHARMINI PERIES: It's The Real News Network. I'm Sharmini Peries, coming to you from Baltimore.
On Tuesday, March 14th, Rachel Maddow of MSNBC dedicated her show to the Trump taxes. As many of you have heard by now, it is the talk of the town in D.C. that journalist David Cay Johnston received the first two pages of President Donald Trump's 2005 tax return in the mail. According to these returns, Trump earning $153 million in 2005, and paid $38.4 million in taxes, and deducted $103 million from his income because of business losses. To this, Donald Trump, Jr., that's Trump's son, tweeted, "Thank you, Rachel Maddow, for proving to your Trump-hating followers how successful Donald Trump is and that he paid $40 million in taxes."
Speaking on Rachel Maddow's show, David Cay Johnston, who has written extensively about Donald Trump, expressed his suspicion that he might have received the documents directly from Trump himself. Let's have a look.
RACHEL MADDOW: What I have here is a copy of Donald Trump's tax returns. We have his federal tax return for one year, for 2005. I believe this is the only set of the president's federal taxes that reporters have ever gotten ahold of. What we have are these two pages, front and back from the same 1040 form that you might have filled out when you file your taxes.
DAVID CAY JOHNSTON: And by the way, let me point out, it's entirely possible that Donald sent this to me. Donald has a long history of leaking material about himself when he thinks it's in his interests.
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