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David Bossie: Trump Would Never Have Leaked His Tax Papers

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By    |   Wednesday, 15 Mar 2017 02:46 PM

There are many people who would have had access to the pages of President Donald Trump's 2005 tax returns that were released Tuesday, David Bossie, the former deputy director of the president's transition team believes, but he doesn't buy the theory that Trump himself would have had the papers leaked to the media.

"That's ridiculous," Bossie told Fox News' "Fox & Friends" program Wednesday. "President Trump is a very private person. He takes his privacy, the safety of his family, and his business empire seriously.

David Cay Johnston, the Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist who first obtained the portion of Trump's tax return, which was subsequently revealed on MSNBC's "Rachel Maddow Show" has suggested Trump himself may have leaked the document, which was stamped "Client Copy."

"This is a continuation of this fake news story that has been going on really to undermine this president for the last two years," said Bossie. "All throughout the campaign and all throughout the transition. All we heard at the campaign was 'the president paid no taxes. The president paid no taxes. The president paid no taxes and he is afraid of his tax returns. Release them, Mr. President.' And that's their main trap."

The 2005 report revealed Trump paid some $38 million in federal taxes, in addition to state and local taxes, and that was an "enormous sum of money," said Bossie.

However, he said he has no idea how the papers were leaked, and pointed out that stories surfaced before when "something just mysteriously appeared in somebody's mailbox, so this is not the first time. I hope it's the last."

Trump tweeted Wednesday that the documents were reported by a journalist nobody had heard of, and Bossie said he had never heard of Johnston either. The investigative reporter is the author of New York Times bestseller "The Making of Donald Trump," in addition to holding the Pulitzer for his reporting on tax loopholes.

Bossie called on Congress to try to root out the "bad elements" in the government who could have leaked the tax papers.

Democrats have claimed that Trump hasn't released his taxes yet because they show evidence that Trump had colluded with Russians, and Bossie said that "they have nothing."

"I actually genuinely feel sorry for these people," he said. "They have offered the American people absolutely nothing since our November victory on ideas, on policy, and on a way forward for American workers."

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