Ranking Republican on House Ways and Means panel calls for probe of NYT’s source in Trump tax story

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A Republican lawmaker is calling for an investigation into the sources of The New York Times story that detailed two decades worth of President Trump‘s tax records.

Rep. Kevin Brady, R-Texas, the ranking member of the House Ways and Means Committee, responded to the “bombshell” story that claimed Trump only paid $750 in federal income taxes in 2016 and 2017 by suggesting a “felony crime was committed” in the release of his private financial records.


“While many critics question the article’s accuracy, equally troubling is the prospect that a felony crime was committed by releasing the private tax return information of an individual – in this case the President’s,” Brady said in a statement.

“To ensure every American is protected against the illegal release of their tax returns for political reasons, I am calling for an investigation of the source and to prosecute if the law was broken,” he added.

President Trump responded Sunday to the Times article to say it was “fake news.”

“That’s just fake news. The New York Times tried it — same thing,” he said at a press conference. “They tried to create a little bit of a story, they’re doing anything they can. The stories I read, they are so fake, they are so phony.”

On Monday, Trump commented further on Twitter to question the “intent” of the story, and say it was based on “illegally obtained information.”

Brady was not the only Republican to call for a probe into the Times’ sources.

Rep. Mike Kelly, R-Pa., released a statement on Twitter:

“The unethical, perhaps illegal, leaking of any American’s tax returns is a stunning breach of public trust. That doesn’t change because it happened to [Trump.] The joint political hit piece between the New York Times and Democrats just weeks before an election shows no wrong doing by @POTUS but leaves Americans wondering if their own private tax information can be weaponized against them for political gain. There must be an investigation into who turned over confidential tax records to the press to determine if the law was broken.”

Tom Fitton, the president of the conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch, also questioned the legality of the leaked information behind the Times story.

Calling the report a “leftist disinformation campaign” — it wasn’t by accident that the story came out three days before the first presidential debate — Fitton added: “The big question is whether the purported tax documents were obtained as a result of a criminal leak.”

In fact, the legality of Trump’s released tax records was on the minds of a lot of folks, outside the mainstream media, of course.

Here’s a quick sampling from Twitter:

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