David Cay Johnston, a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter, unveiled President Trump’s 2005 tax forms on Rachel Maddow’s and Lawrence O’Donnell’s shows on MSNBC Tuesday night.
According to Johnston, he obtained two pages of forms when someone anonymously left them in his mailbox at his residence.
Since unveiling the forms to the public, Johnston is claiming that his wife and child have been receiving harassing and threatening phone calls from Trump supporters across the country.
The “Making of Donald Trump” author railed against critics who have lambasted his decision to publicly reveal the tax forms, stating on Maddow’s show he did not solicit them.
“There’s absolutely nothing improper about journalists if you haven’t solicited something, getting it over the transom,” Johnston said of Trump’s Form 1040 from 2005.
Since Johnston’s exposing of the tax forms, the White House has released the following statement:
“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. Despite this substantial income figures and tax paid, it is totally illegal to steal and publish tax returns. The dishonest media can continue to make this part of their agenda, while the President will focus on his, which includes tax reform that will benefit all Americans.”
Trump also tweeted his own disapproval, questioning the legitimacy of Johnston’s claim about receipt of the tax forms. The tweet can be seen below:
Does anybody really believe that a reporter, who nobody ever heard of, “went to his mailbox” and found my tax returns? @NBCNews FAKE NEWS!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 15, 2017
Trump fans call & harass my wife & 1 of my children after I break story White House confirmed. Sad! Let’s have open debate, not threats.
— David Cay Johnston (@DavidCayJ) March 15, 2017
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