Rachel Maddow Obtained Trump’s Tax Returns, Showing How Much He Paid in 2005

Part of President Donald Trump’s 2005 tax returns was made public Tuesday evening.

MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow, who hosts her own self-titled show, claimed to have the returns at 7:36 p.m. and to tune into her 9 p.m. show to see them in full.

However, Maddow took her time at the beginning of the show to explain the backstory and complexities of Trump’s taxes, as well as his controversial decision to not make them public during the 2016 presidential campaign.

During that time, the White House and several other news outlets released the 2005 tax returns, showing Trump paid $38 million — or 25 percent — of a $150 million income.

A White House official said the release of the returns was nothing more than a ploy for ratings:

“You know you are desperate for ratings when you are willing to violate the law to push a story about two pages of tax returns from over a decade ago.”

On air, Maddow revealed the two page copy of the return, which had a section stamped “Client Copy.” Her show obtained the returns through David Cay Johnston, a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter who also released the returns on his website. Johnston told Maddow he believes Trump could have been the originator of the returns, which showed up in his mailbox.

Previously, the only publicly known tax records from Trump was a 1995 filing obtained by the New York Times in October, showing he lost more than $913 million.

You can view a copy of the returns below, via Mediaite.

Trump 2005 Tax by Mediaite on Scribd

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