NY Times failed to shock over Trump’s father’s taxes, tries again with illegally obtained Jared Kushner docs

Liberal America lit up with excitement Saturday when The New York Times dropped an allegedly blockbuster report about White House senior adviser Jared Kushner that may have proved that, like every other American, he uses deductions and loopholes to save money on his taxes.

“[F]or several years running, Mr. Kushner — President Trump’s son-in-law and a senior White House adviser — appears to have paid almost no federal income taxes, according to confidential financial documents reviewed by The New York Times,” the left-wing news purveyor breathlessly reported.

The key word there is “appears.” The documents were provided to the Times by “a person who has had financial dealings with Mr. Kushner and his family.” It remains unclear whether the documents are even legitimate (or whether the “person” even exists).

And assuming the documents are legitimate, the question then becomes how did the “person” obtain them? Illegally perhaps? Moreover, was it even legal for said “person” to share the White House adviser’s confidential records with the Times?

No matter, though, because all the demonstrably partisan outlet seemed to be interesting in doing was proving that the president’s son-in-law is somehow cheating the American people.

“His low tax bills are the result of a common tax-minimizing maneuver that, year after year, generated millions of dollars in losses for Mr. Kushner, according to the documents,” the Times reported.

“But the losses were only on paper — Mr. Kushner and his company did not appear to actually lose any money. The losses were driven by depreciation, a tax benefit that lets real estate investors deduct a portion of the cost of their buildings from their taxable income every year.”

It’s a common, legal practice for real estate owners and developers to deduct their properties’ depreciation from their taxes, but this fact hasn’t stopped a litany of Democrat operatives from rushing to their keyboards to demonize the president’s son-in-law:

First of all, there’s no such thing as “legal theft.” Secondly, notice the repeated use of the adverb “likely” and the verb “appears.” These terms were employed because the Times had made it clear in its report that nearly everything it was writing was pure speculation.

“[A]ssuming the documents accurately reflect information from his tax returns, Mr. Kushner appeared to have paid little or no federal income taxes during at least five of the past eight years,” the Times reported, citing its “expert” sources.

When used by the media, the verb assuming basically means, “We don’t know if this is true, but if it is true, then this is what it means.” Long story short, the Times has nothing on Kushner, save for some sketchy documents that may not and are probably not even be legitimate.

When asked about these documents, a spokesperson for Kushner’s attorney said he wouldn’t respond to meaningless assumptions drawn from documents that were “obtained in violation of the law and standard business confidentiality agreements.”

“However, always following the advice of numerous attorneys and accountants, Mr. Kushner properly filed and paid all taxes due under the law and regulations,” the spokesperson reportedly added.

The reaction on social media from other Americans who also enjoy holding on to as much of their own hard-earned money as possible can best be summed up in two words: “So what!?”

Look:

And in one case, the response was a little more biting:

Ouch!

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