Washington: Ever since the latest controversy surrounding Rachel Maddow show on MSNBC erupted, one person other than President Donald Trump and Rachel Maddow is hogging limelight. It is David Cay Johnston. He is the person who is actually behind making President Donald Trump’s tax returns for the year 2005 public.
For the last more than a year people were awaiting this day when they could get information about the tax filing of Donald Trump. And when this really happened, though for only one year, and that too ten years ago people showed extreme enthusiasm in getting hold of the report and looking at the papers.
A report in the VentureBeat says that as soon as David Cay Johnston put up the two pages of a form 1040 tax document from Trump on his website DCReport, the site went down almost immediately due to pressure on its server. Reports suggest that hundreds of thousands of people, eager to get hold of the report tried to open the site. This caused the website server to crash.
The celebrated journalist while talking on the Maddow show said that Trump had more than $150 million in income and paid $38 million in taxes, with a $103 million write-down. The document Johnston obtained does not provide information about Trump’s income sources.
A white House statement, countering the revelation said, “Before being elected President, Mr. Trump was one of the most successful businessmen in the world with a responsibility to his company, his family and his employees to pay no more tax than legally required…It is totally illegal to steal and publish tax returns. The dishonest media can continue to make this part of their agenda, while the President will focus on his, which includes tax reform that will benefit all Americans.”
David Cay Johnston is an award winning journalist who specializes in economics and tax issues. He is also the winner of the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for Beat Reporting. From 2009 to 2014 he was a Distinguished Visiting Lecturer who taught the tax, property, and regulatory law of the ancient world at Syracuse University College of Law and the Whitman School of Management. From July 2011 until September 2012 he was a columnist for Reuters, writing, and producing video commentaries, on worldwide issues of tax, accounting, economics, public finance and business. Johnston is the board president of Investigative Reporters and Editors.
Besides, he is also the author of a book about Donald Trump. In August 2016, Johnston released The Making of Donald Trump, which he wrote in just 27 days, according to The New York Times. Reports suggest that Johnston is a treasure trove of information about everything Trump. Reports suggest that Johnston had spent over three decades covering Donald Trump. He first met Trump in 1988 while working as a reporter for The Philadelphia Inquirer.