The unveiling of Donald Trump’s 2005 tax return on MSNBC’s “Rachel Maddow Show” Tuesday night prompted speculation that it was Trump himself who leaked the return.
CNBC reports that Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter David Cay Johnston, who obtained the document by mail and shared it with Maddow, suggested as much himself.
CNBC quotes Johnston, the founder of DCReport.org, saying: “By the way, let me point out that it’s entirely possible that Donald Trump sent this to me. Donald Trump has, over the years, leaked all sorts of things.”
CNBC adds: “The second page of the documents obtained by Johnston [is] stamped ‘Client Copy,’ leading to speculation on Twitter that they may be Trump’s own copy.”
“Johnston said Tuesday evening that Trump has a ‘long history of leaking material about himself when he thinks it’s in his interests,'” CNBC reports. “While that is a possibility, he told CNN Wednesday morning that ‘the anger with which the White House responded suggests’ it isn’t likely Trump leaked his own tax document.”