Did Rachel Maddow commit a Felony, or just gush out the truth for a change?
President Trump’s taxes or how they were ILLEGALLY obtained, which is the real story?
How do you know a Yugh snowstorm has hit? Turn on MSNBC and watch flaky Rachel Maddow whip and whirl in the wind.
President Trump paid $38 million in taxes, on $150 million income. Great! No problems right? Not if you watch MSNBC’s, Maddow.
In fact, Maddow revealed on MSNBC that they had obtained 2 pages of President Trump’s 2005 taxes. She showed that President Trump had actually paid $38 million on $150 million.
Earlier in the day, Rachel Maddow claimed in a tweet Tuesday afternoon that she has Donald Trump’s tax returns. She later added that she has the President’s 1040 from 2005.
Her show aired on MSNBC at 9 p.m. ET. David Clay Johnson of the Daily Beast tweeted that he’ll be joining Maddow to discuss the tax returns.
According to federal law, unauthorized publication of other individuals’ tax returns is a felony punishable by up to a $5,000 fine and five years in prison.
The White House says Trump’s tax return was ‘illegally published,’ Maddow could potentially be in big trouble.
Even before Rachel Maddow unveiled President Trump’s 2005 federal tax return live on MSNBC Tuesday night — which did take way too long — the White House stated the document was being “illegally published.”
“It is totally illegal to steal and publish tax returns,” the White House added in a statement.
It is indeed illegal to steal and publish tax returns, but publishing a tax return that just arrives — unsolicited — in your mailbox is likely protected by the First Amendment. David Cay Johnston, the journalist who obtained the document and shared it with Maddow, said on the air that that’s exactly how he got it. Hmmm, think I’ve heard that before, maybe the New York Times. Now he’s going to have to prove it!
Johnston even suggested that Trump could have leaked the return himself, although he said there is no specific reason to believe the president was the source.
The White House statement almost certainly refers to a federal law that prohibits unauthorized publication of a tax return or “return information.” It goes like this:
It shall be unlawful for any person to whom any return or return information (as defined in section 6103(b)) is disclosed in a manner unauthorized by this title thereafter willfully to print or publish in any manner not provided by law any such return or return information. Any violation of this paragraph shall be a felony punishable by a fine in any amount not exceeding $5,000, or imprisonment of not more than 5 years, or both, together with the costs of prosecution.
The law further states that the term “return information” covers not only return documents themselves but also the “amount of his income, payments, receipts, deductions, exemptions, credits, assets, liabilities, net worth, tax liability, tax withheld, deficiencies, overassessments or tax payments.”
Understanding that there could be at least some legal risk attendant to the publication of Trump’s tax returns, New York Times executive editor Dean Baquet and Washington Post associate editor Bob Woodward said at Harvard in September that they would be willing to do jail time if that were the price to pay.
In October, the Times published the first page of Trump’s 1995 New York state resident income tax return, the first page of his New Jersey nonresident tax return and the first page of his Connecticut nonresident tax return. Like Johnston did Tuesday, Times reporter Susanne Craig said at the time that she found the tax documents in her mailbox.
After the Times published its story, the legal blog Concurring Opinions collected the views of 10 experts in First Amendment law, who concluded that the newspaper was “likely” on firm ground, so long as it did not participate in illegally accessing Trump’s tax documents. The same applies to Maddow and Johnston now, or at least they hope. One big difference, then he was candidate Trump, now he is The President of the United States! President Trump!
I say thank you President Trump, for paying $38 million in federal taxes, and thank you MSNBC and Rachel Maddow for demonstrating you are willing to commit criminal acts in any attempt to smear The President of The United States and produce such a non-story.
Proving once again that Democrats will stoop to vile and putrid things to assault The President of The United States. How very patriotic.
MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow teed up a major scoop about President Donald Trump’s taxes on Tuesday night — only to end up disappointing many in the political-media establishment with a report that was widely characterized as overhyped.
The big reveal, which Maddow did not get to until after a lengthy monolog and commercial break, showed that in 2005 Trump paid $38 million in federal income taxes on a reported income of $150 million.
That information was based on two pages of an IRS 1040 form supplied to journalist David Cay Johnston, who was a guest on Maddow’s show.
By the time Maddow got around to sharing that information, it had already been supplied by the White House and published on The Daily Beast, where Johnston is a columnist. Even so, the documents left the public with more questions than answers. Like how truly did they “obtain” the documents?
The decision to hype the scoop — Maddow first tweeted her all-caps “BREAKING” alert at 7:36 p.m. ET — disappointed many journalists, who felt that Maddow had undermined legitimate inquiry into Trump’s tax returns.
It also disappointed Democrats, including Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign press secretary Brian Fallon.
Before Maddow’s broadcast, Fallon retweeted the breaking news alert and called it “the holy grail.” After Maddow showed her hand, Fallon wrote: “Dems should return focus to Trump care tomorrow, and not get distracted by two pages from ’05 tax return.”
Finally, Maddow’s handling of the tax returns gave the Trump White House and pro-Trump conservatives like Sean Hannity and Laura Ingraham an opening to mock NBC and the media for “hysterical” reporting. And they did so for nearly on hour on Hannity’s program on Fox News.
Even CNBC took a dig at its sister network, with a headline that read: “Donald Trump just got a nice victory, thanks, of all people, to Maddow.”
Overall, the story coming out of Tuesday night’s broadcast was not so much about Trump’s tax returns as it was about the disappointment in Maddow’s handling of them, and if Rachel Maddow along with David Cay Johnston will be charged with the felony they just committed against the President of the United States.
Don’t you just love it when the ignorant bias media tries to take President Trump down and ends up shooting their selves in the foot, or better yet face prison for a federal crime? Off with her Head!