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Trump: FAKE NEWS Reporter Found My Tax Returns in His Mailbox

MSNBC Host Rachel Maddow (AP Photo/Chuck Burton, File)

President Donald Trump responded this morning on Twitter to MSNBC’s hyped-up story that the network had obtained his tax returns.

“Does anybody really believe that a reporter, who nobody ever heard of, ‘went to his mailbox’ and found my tax returns? @NBCNews FAKE NEWS!,” Trump tweeted.

“Journalist” David Cay Johnston appeared on MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show and claimed the 2005 tax returns of the president just appeared in his mailbox.

But the joke was on the network when the White House released the tax information before the show.

The reporter, David Cay Johnston, — who the president says “nobody ever heard of” — won a Pulitzer Prize in 2001, and wrote a biography of Trump, “The Making of Donald Trump,” in 2016.

Johnson’s publisher, Melville House, notes on the website for his Trump biography that the book is “the culmination of nearly 30 years of reporting on Donald Trump” and the reporter “has covered Trump more closely than any other journalist working today.”

The documents obtained by Johnston were stamped “Client Copy,” leading people to conclude they came from someone inside the Trump organization or even Trump himself.