People have been waiting for months and months to see President Trump’s tax documents, given that previous presidents have published their tax returns. Tonight, reporter David Cay Johnston published two pages of a form 1040 tax document from Trump on his website DCReport — and the site promptly went down.
Cloudflare kept an older version of the site online as Johnston spoke with Rachel Maddow live on MSNBC.
Maddow said Trump had more than $150 million in income and paid $38 million in taxes, with a $103 million write-down. The document Johnston obtained does not provide information about Trump’s income sources.
In a statement, the White House told reporters that it’s “totally illegal to steal and publish tax returns.” Maddow said her show had First Amendment protection — and was not fake news.
After the spate of web traffic, DCReport put up a temporary banner on its homepage. “Please pardon the interruption. We were suddenly too popular,” the site said, before providing a link (PDF) to a copy of the document.
Update at 11:49 p.m. Pacific: Added information about what happened after the site came back online.