‘What’s the Point?’ CNN Panelists Clash Over Trump’s ‘Made in America’ Week

In case you haven’t noticed, the Trump administration has presented us with yet another special theme week. We’ve had Infrastructure Week and Energy Week — well, now we’re at the start of ‘Made in America’ Week. While the president showcased American-made vehicles today at the White House — including a firetruck — White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer was taking heat from reporters over the fact that Trump businesses have outsourced a number of brands to other countries. During a Monday night panel discussion on CNN, things got a bit chaotic when the panelists and anchor Don Lemon pressed former Trump advisor and current CNN political commentator Stephen Moore to defend Trump’s apparent hypocrisy for pushing others to buy American-made products. After business writer Willian Cohan criticized the president for not living up to the ideals he’s promoting to the American public, Moore claimed that Trump shouldn’t be taken to Continue reading "‘What’s the Point?’ CNN Panelists Clash Over Trump’s ‘Made in America’ Week"

With DCReport, David Cay Johnston — the man with Trump’s 1040 — wants to give readers a way to act on the stories they read

David Cay Johnston, the reporter that Donald Trump says “nobody has ever heard of,” suddenly came to a lot of people’s attention Tuesday, when he appeared on MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow Show to talk about Donald Trump’s 2005 Form 1040 tax returns, which had been leaked to him by someone with access. (Johnston hinted broadly that Trump himself might be a candidate for its origin.) Johnston, a veteran reporter who won a Pulitzer Prize in 2001 for his reporting on loopholes in the U.S. tax code, wasn’t exactly laboring in obscurity before then, but his appearance certainly did help raise the raise the profile for DCReport, the small three-month-old nonprofit news site where he first published the Trump tax story — and which immediately crashed thanks to the flood of traffic it drew. While the Trump story was a big early win for the site, it’s an
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‘Talking Points is Only Going to be Three Minutes’: O’Reilly Mocks Maddow Over Length of Opening Monologue

During tonight’s The O’Reilly Factor, host Bill O’Reilly utilized his ‘Talking Points Memo’ segment to take some shots at a competitor in the wake of a broadcast that likely pulled in huge ratings. Highlighting the public reveal of two pages of President Donald Trump’s 2005 tax return by Rachel Maddow last night, O’Reilly first ridiculed the notion that reporter David Cay Johnston merely received the documents in the mail, as he’s claimed. “What a lucky guy,” O’Reilly derisively remarked. After stating Johnston gave the documents to Maddow so he could “spout all kinds of gibberish” on the air, O’Reilly then took aim at Maddow herself. “Now, before the actual return was shown to the audience, the cable news host, Rachel Maddow, delivered a 20-minute monologue,” he said. “‘Talking Points’ will only be three minutes.” He added, “She said 20 minutes worth of stuff, Continue reading "‘Talking Points is Only Going to be Three Minutes’: O’Reilly Mocks Maddow Over Length of Opening Monologue"

‘Clearly He Didn’t Leak’: Reporter Who Received Trump’s Tax Return on Whether Trump Sent It

Reporter David Cay Johnston, who was the one who received two pages of President Donald Trump’s 2005 tax return in the mail and subsequently released them, appeared on MSNBC’s Hardball this evening to discuss Trump’s recent comments on the leak. Speaking to host Chris Matthews, Johnston first gave a recounting of how and when he received the tax return. He also noted that it was postmarked from Westchester. Asked if it was his call to reveal the document on Rachel Maddow’s program, he explained it was before commenting on his thoughts on who may have leaked it to him. “I first thought maybe Donald had leaked it,” Johnston noted. “But his reaction in turning what could have been for him a terrific story about himself — he’s managed to squander by his reaction to this. So clearly he didn’t leak.” He Continue reading "‘Clearly He Didn’t Leak’: Reporter Who Received Trump’s Tax Return on Whether Trump Sent It"

Reporter Trump Said ‘No One Ever Heard Of’ Tells MSNBC They’ve Known Each Other For Years

Last night, Rachel Maddow got people talking by reporting that David Cay Johnston obtained Donald Trump‘s 2005 1040, which showed he paid $38 million in taxes on a little over $150 million in income. Trump tweeted about the leak, saying “nobody ever heard” of Johnston, in spite of the fact that he is a respected journalist who has won a Pulitzer for his tax reporting, has 60,000 Twitter followers, and wrote a bestseller about, well, Trump himself. Oh, and don’t forget that thanks to a stamp on the 1040 that says “client copy,” a lot of people think the President himself leaked the form straight to the writer. Johnston chatted with Stephanie Ruhle on MSNBC about that today. “I have known Donald for almost 30 years,” said the allegedly unknown journalist. “I’m the author of the best-selling Trump biography in the world, The Making of Donald Trump. Continue reading "Reporter Trump Said ‘No One Ever Heard Of’ Tells MSNBC They’ve Known Each Other For Years"

Don Lemon on Tax Returns: ‘How Is This Not Good for Donald Trump?’

Investigative journalist David Cay Johnston, who obtained the Trump tax returns at the center of Rachel Maddow‘s report tonight, appeared on CNN afterwards to discuss the possibility that President Trump himself may have leaked them himself. Johnston’s report is available at DCReport.org (except for the fact that the page seems to have crashed right now). Don Lemon asked him right off the bat, “How is this not good for Donald Trump.” Johnston said it very well may be, though there may be “other things” Trump is hiding that he won’t release his full returns over. Lemon asked if it’s possible Trump himself sent him those documents. Johnston said, “Oh, absolutely,” noting that Trump has a “long history of leaking stuff about himself.” Watch above, via CNN. [image via screengrab] — — Follow Josh Feldman on Twitter: @feldmaniac

Video Shows Trump Spent Time With Mob-Linked Gambler He Claimed He Didn’t Know

trumplibuttiA recently unearthed video shows that Donald Trump spent time with a Mob-linked gambler who for years he claimed not to have known. Trump had repeatedly protested that he did not know a high-stakes gambler named Robert LiButti, a frequent guest and high roller at Trump Plaza in Atlantic City until he was banned from New Jersey casinos in 1991 because of alleged connections to organized crime. In his new book The Making of Donald Trump, David Cay Johnston, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who investigated Trump’s businesses for decades, writes that LiButti was “Trump’s best customer, and Trump treated him like a friend. Trump lavished gifts on LiButti, was generous with his time, and, less graciously, repeatedly tried to seduce the gambler’s grown daughter.” LiButti put an end to that, reportedly telling Trump that if he didn’t stop asking his daughter out, he’d “fucking pull your balls from Continue reading "Video Shows Trump Spent Time With Mob-Linked Gambler He Claimed He Didn’t Know"