The New York Times Likely Broke Law By Publishing Trump’s Taxes. Free Speech Is No Excuse.


The New York Times just published Donald Trump’s tax returns without his “affirmative authorization” as required by law. This violates the plain language of the law, and is considered criminal if “willful.”  In tax laws in general, and First Amendment cases as well, courts compel a definition of willful that requires the individual know the law and know the law prohibits them from doing what they did. Here is where The New York Times runs into true trouble.

  • Dave

    Chances are they are untouchable, kind of like the Hildabeast.

  • roccolore

    The New York Times didn’t pay any taxes in 2014. In fact, they actually got a $3.5 million refund.

  • SDMatt

    And what of the IRS leaker?

    • Gary

      My first thought sine Lois Learner plead the 5th over her crimes and corruption.
      How does Hillary know that Trump didn’t pay taxes for about 10 years unless Lois Learner stole those Tax returns to show to her.

  • Millie_Woods

    This will not impact Donald Trump negatively. Although the press will lie about that too.

    • Brett_McS

      Yes, they make up the original story and the reaction to the story. No need for messy reality at all.

      • V10_Rob

        Why investigate and report the news when making it up is so much easier?

      • Millie_Woods

        When Trump said it was rigged, he had no idea just how far things have gone.

  • Ron MacDonald

    There’s is nothing prevent Donald Trump from suing the New York Times.

    • V10_Rob

      Seems like a pretty open and shut case, in and of itself.

      The problem is the Streisand effect, that filing lawsuits and expressing (justifiable) outrage makes his tax reports a far bigger issue than they deserve to be, and feeds the perception he’s hiding something truly scandalous.

      Perhaps that’s what the NYT is counting on. Either Trump says silent and they dodge the lawsuit, or he tears into them while damaging and distracting his own campaign. Or they have simply rationalized that any legal repercussions are worth the price if it means hurting Trump’s bid.

      Of course, there’s nothing stopping him from suing them after the election, win or lose.

    • What a lovely thought.

    • WalterBannon

      Why sue when he can just file a criminal complaint and watch the editor and publisher get sent to prison?

    • What court would find the NYT guilty? What would the DOJ do?

  • At this point, the entire media reaction to Trump reeks of fear-sweat.

  • I want to see Trump elected and then watch him go on a rampage of vengeance.

    It would be glorious!

  • Norman_In_New_York

    I think we can now understand why Trump is reluctant to release his tax returns. His many enterprises are all closely held, which means that the volume of pages attached would dwarf even the tax code itself. And once released, you can safely bet that the Times and other news quacks would cherry pick each page for something negative.

    • There’s no legal requirement for candidates to release their tax statements – it has become traditional over the past couple decades, but Trump has made breaking the mold his MO.

  • Clausewitz

    Hillary was yammering on today about Trump using the laws her husband put into the tax programs, and how vile Trump is. It’s not like he executed a stand down order, harassed raped women, or sold secrets to the enemies of the US. To a progressive those are features and benefits, not problems.