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.