MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow took to the airwaves Wednesday evening accusing Trump’s tax returns of being “sterling” to ensure that Melania would be granted U.S. citizenship.
One night after Maddow disclosed President Trump’s 2005 “joint” tax return–the couple’s first tax return filed after being wed in 2005– and spent the entirety of the segment justifying why the timing of the controversial financial documents raised suspicions regarding Melania’s pursuit of U.S. citizenship. She called it an “atypical year for his tax preparation strategy.”
Maddow opened the segment pointing out the fact that while Melania did have a green card, she was not declared an American citizen.
“In 2005, when they got married the year for which this return was filed, Mrs. Trump was not yet a U.S. citizen,” Maddow said. “She was the holder of a green card, she could work here legally, but she was not a citizen. She didn’t get her citizenship until the following year, in 2006.”
She boldly pointed out that the U.S. Customs and Immigration’s website indicates that tax returns are “important proof” for citizenship eligibility.
“And if you go to the U.S. Customs and Immigration service page about how you should prepare for your citizenship interview, U.S. Customs and Immigration advises you that ‘your tax returns are very important proof that you are eligible for naturalization,’ meaning proof that you’re eligible for becoming a citizen,” Maddow said. “‘On the day of your interview, bring certified tax returns years for the last five years or three years if you are married to a U.S. citizen.'”
Maddow insisted that the joint tax return would be “used as a very important piece of evidence” in an effort to assist his wife, and these documents would have been brought to her citizenship interview in 2006. She claimed Melania would have needed to provide the U.S. Customs and Immigration service with tax returns from the “first year when she was married to Donald Trump, and that tax return would be used as a very important piece of evidence as to whether or not she should get citizenship.”
Speaking to the importance of those tax returns from the first year they were married, Maddow maintained they would have needed to be “sterling” in order for Melania to be approved for American citizenship.
“So you better believe that the 2005 tax return is going to be sterling, right? That it’s going to display excellent citizenship and no red flags whatsoever,” she continued.
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