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3/14/2017

“Client Copy”: Did Donald Trump Leak That Tax Return To Maddow?

Filed under: Uncategorized — Patterico @ 7:30 pm

Here’s a screenshot of the Trump tax form that Rachel Maddow showed on her Big Scoop show tonight:

Wait. Look at that closer. What does it say on the second page there?

“Client copy”?

client-copy

Yes. Client copy.

So. Either Donald Trump leaked this himself, or someone with a “client copy” did. Given that there appears to be nothing embarrassing about the return whatsoever, and the world is laughing at Maddow, my money’s on Trump being the leaker. It’s probably the most favorable return for his narrative in existence. So: he leaks it, hoping this will end the controversy for good — and change the subject from all this CBO/TrumpCare talk.

By the way, people seem to say Maddow was tricked somehow, but I am reliably informed that she said, several times, that Trump might have leaked this himself. (I wasn’t watching. My time is more valuable than that, thank you. I was making coconut curry shrimp instead. Yum!)

I like Norm MacDonald’s take (he is on fire tonight, you know):

Seems about right.

[Cross-posted at RedState.]

5 Comments »

  1. Perhaps it was leaked by a totally random anonymous source who works in the Oval Office? One who said this return was “yuge”? :)

    Also, if it was Trump, leaving “Client Copy” in there must be intentional. He’d surely have access to a copy from his accountant, after all. So why leave that clue, unless he’s just fine with people figuring out it’s him? That’d just make Maddow and MSNBC look even sillier.

    I’ve long suspected that the other leaked Trump tax return was leaked by Trump.

    Comment by Arizona CJ — 3/14/2017 @ 9:48 pm

  2. “By the way, people seem to say Maddow was tricked somehow, but I am reliably informed that she said, several times, that Trump might have leaked this himself. (I wasn’t watching. My time is more valuable than that, thank you. I was making coconut curry shrimp instead. Yum!)”

    I wasn’t watching. My time is more valuable than that, thank you. I was clipping my toenails.

    I haven’t watched television news in 15 years, and that was only because somebody called me and told me to turn it on on 9/11/2001. Excluding that instance, and passing glances in doctors’ offices, I think it’s been thirty years.

    This story isn’t tempting me back.

    If Trump leaked on Trump (and I think you have a strong case), then ho-hum. If anything about his tax returns is ever leaked from inside the IRS< then somebody should be for the high jump.

    Not that I expect the government to keep promises of confidentiality. But they should be held to them.

    Comment by C. S. P. Schofield — 3/15/2017 @ 6:03 am

  3. Off-topic to Patterico:

    You were right.

    Comment by DRJ — 3/15/2017 @ 6:36 am

  4. I hope Grassley looks into Laredo.

    Comment by DRJ — 3/15/2017 @ 6:39 am

  5. Laredo votes for Democrats and strongly supported Obama. It would make sense to use Laredo as the focal point of a controversial border plan.

    Comment by DRJ — 3/15/2017 @ 8:03 am

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