About 40 minutes later, Maddow added via Twitter that they’d gotten their hands on Trump’s 2005 1040 form.
Trump, who is first president since Nixon opting to not release tax returns, has previously insisted, “the only one that cares about my tax returns are the reporters.” Nonetheless, he said he would release his tax returns after the IRS was finished with its audit, though the IRS said an audit did not preclude him from releasing the information.
At a confab in September, NYT Executive Editor Dean Baquet said Trump’s taxes are important because he built his candidacy on the notion of being a wildly successful businessman and the documents would prove that true, or not.
WaPo Associate Editor Bob Woodward said the documents “define Donald Trump.”
In January, however, Trump’s campaign manager turned counselor Kellyanne Conway said the White House would not release Trump’s tax returns at all, telling ABC Sunday Beltway show This Week, “We litigated this all through the election. People didn’t care.”
Wikileaks responded by putting out a call for anyone with access to Trump’s tax docs to send its way, so it could publish.
Baquet did wind up publishing several pages of Trump’s 1995 tax returns, in which he reported a loss of nearly $1 billion, which meant he could have avoided paying federal income taxes for 18 years.