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Trump Tax Scandal: President 'Probably Not The Source' Of Doc Release

Mar. 16 2017, Published 12:45 p.m. ET

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It's unlikely that Donald Trump leaked his own 2005 tax returns, reporter David Cay Johnston, who received the documents in his mailbox, told Good Morning America Wednesday morning.

"The venom and anger and the falsehoods in the White House statement suggests that, no, he’s probably not the source," Johnston said. "That tells me that this is somebody who either worked at the accounting firm, or had connections to it, or this copy was turned over to someone in a regulatory proceeding, in litigation, in a financial statement. And why not the whole return?"

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As Radar readers know, the world was shocked Tuesday night when Rachel Maddow revealed she had obtained Trump‘s tax returns on her MSNBC show.

But critics were quick to point out that the documents from Maddow’s big reveal included the stamp “Client Copy,” a puzzling twist to the story. The stamp indicates either Trump shared the copy himself, or an anonymous leaker had access to it, New York based CPA Michael Markiewicz told TheWrap.

“It’s very likely that the person or persons who leaked it is either Trump himself or someone close to him,” Markiewicz said. “Otherwise who would have the client copy?”

Meanwhile, according to Page Six, MSNBC's parent network NBC is "fuming" over Maddow's segment.

"MSNBC announced it on Twitter, and NBC found out when the general public did," a source told the publication. "MSNBC president Phil Griffin was trying to undermine NBC News president Noah Oppenheim. There was never a conversation. They overplayed their hand in a huge way."

A rep for NBC insisted there’s no tension between the execs, Page Six reported.

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