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With characteristic incoherence, the White House simultaneously boasted that leaked data from President Donald Trump’s 2005 tax return demonstrates that Trump paid his fair share of taxes and denounced the “dishonest media” for publishing these flattering facts. But there would be no need for reporters to “illegally” publish such information, to quote the White House’s absurd accusation against MSNBC and investigative journalist David Cay Johnston, if Trump himself had simply honored the decades-old tradition of releasing his returns while still a candidate for the office he now holds.

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