People are confused by a letter written by President Donald Trump’s lawyers, confirming that a review of his last 10 years of tax returns don’t reveal “any income of any type from Russian sources,” but then goes on to note that there are two mentions of income from Russian sources.
The lawyers did not release copies of Trump’s tax returns, so the conflicting message is being batted around social media with great consternation and, of course, outrage.
According to the Associated Press, the lawyers’ letter said that “there is no equity investment by Russians in entities controlled by Trump or debt owed by Trump to Russian lenders.”
It does reflect income from the 2013 Miss Universe pageant held in Moscow and a property sold to a Russian billionaire in 2008 for $95 million.
Trump reportedly asked his lawyers for a letter after it was requested by Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina on behalf of a congressional committee investigating Russia’s interference in last year’s election.
Let the games begin. The top-trending hashtag on Twitter is now #withfewexceptions.
BREAKING: Trump lawyer: Tax returns from past 10 years show no "income of any type from Russian sources," with few exceptions.
— The Associated Press (@AP) May 12, 2017
Donald Trump's tax return info released but no one knows what it means https://t.co/6FNFUsYjkX
— HuffPost UK (@HuffPostUK) May 12, 2017
few exceptions meaning Trump lawyer didn't see all 10 returns, or that Trump has in fact had income from Russian source? https://t.co/FMeEhgbotN
— John Harwood (@JohnJHarwood) May 12, 2017
— Scott Pantall (@scottpantall) May 12, 2017
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