MSNBC host Rachel Maddow tweeted that the network will be revealing President Trump’s tax returns on Tuesday night.
BREAKING: We’ve got Trump tax returns. Tonight, 9pm ET. MSNBC.
— Rachel Maddow MSNBC (@maddow) March 14, 2017
The Hill reports,
The White House on Tuesday night released some details of President Trump’s income and paid taxes from 2005, as MSNBC prepared to release the information in an evening broadcast.
Trump reported $150 million in income and $38 million paid in taxes, according to a statement from the White House.
MSNBC host Rachel Maddow had teased Tuesday evening that she had Trump’s 1040 form from 2005. MSNBC host Lawrence O’Donnell tweeted, “This is the night we’ve been waiting for.”
MSNBC alerted the White House about the information, and the White House seemed to opt to take the punch out of the report, releasing the major numbers itself shortly before the broadcast — and slamming MSNBC in the process.
“We’ve got Trump tax returns,” Maddow tweeted. “(Seriously.)”
It is unclear from Maddow’s post how the network obtained the documents.
MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell tweeted that following Maddow’s 9 p.m. Eastern show, she will join him on “The Last Word.” O’Donnell called it “the night we’ve been waiting for.”
— Lawrence O’Donnell (@Lawrence) March 14, 2017
— David Cay Johnston (@DavidCayJ) March 15, 2017
The Hill reports,
Trump is the first president in decades to not publicly release his tax returns.
Trump has previously said he would not release them while he is being audited by the IRS, but the IRS has noted that an audit would not prevent anyone from releasing the information on their own.
Democrats have been calling for the returns, which Trump’s critics believe may show suspect financial ties, particularly to Russia.