Did Tiffany Trump Leak Dad's 1995 Tax Returns to the New York Times?
The Jan Brady of the Trump clan is the obvious culprit. Who would suspect her? Who could blame her?
October 5, 2016
The New York Times reports that it has obtained a copy of Donald Trump's 1995 IRS Form 1040, which registers a loss of $916 million. Going forward 18 years, DT may never have paid taxes since. This is because he was entitled to a $50,000,000 loss each of the next 18 years.
The story does leave us with an obvious question: Who gave the New York Times the Donald's tax returns?
The Times says Donald's returns "were surreptitiously left in our mailbox." Sure, but by whom? The obvious culprit: Tiffany Trump, the only child of Marla Maples and Donald Trump, whom we have previously described as the Jan Brady of the Trump clan. http://www.smobserved.com/story/2016/10/02/politics/tiffany-trump-is-the-jan-brady-of-the-trump-clan-destined-to-be-overlooked/2011.html
Here's the circumstantial case against Tiffany, taken mostly from the Twitter Storm. It shows motive opportunity and even an alibi:
1. The New York Times ran a feature article the same day as the Trump Tax Story. Entitled "The Other Trump," it is largely a puff piece speculating that "fashionable" Tiffany may play a larger role in her father's campaign. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/02/fashion/tiffany-the-other-trump.html?_r=0
2. Tiffany's college roommate, Sheila Silverstein, is employed as a research intern at the New York Times. Ding!
3. Tiffany is well, the Jan Brady of the Trump clan. She would gain little from a Trump presidency, and may even want to bring down her father, half brothers and sisters.
4. Tiffany is 22 and easily taken advantage of by a sharp New York Times reporter.
5. Trump could've made a phone call (i.e. to the family's certified public accountant), and obtained a copy of the 1040's. Perhaps she needed them in order to complete her own returns. Or to apply for financial aid.
6. Tiffany's mother, Marla Maples was married to Trump in 1995, so if she chose to send part of HER tax form to a reporter, it was perfectly legal for her to do so. So Tiffany had a built-in alibi.
7. There is a theory that after the last debate, it became obvious to everyone that Donald Trump hadn't paid taxes since 1996. So said Charles Krauthammer, for one. That being the case, Tiffany may have calculated it was best for her Dad's presidential chances to just get past the issue, and hope the American public forgives the Donald for this, as they have for so much else.
"No one suspects Tiffany, because no one acknowledges Tiffany," tweeted Leon Langford. "Right now, @TiffanyATrump is beating a hasty retreat out of Midtown Manhattan, while sporting some suspicious paper cuts," tweeted @TaraDublinRocks.
I have to admit that having taken the H&R Bloch Tax Preparation Course, I'm puzzled by why this story is big news. All of us get to write off our losses against income, and billionaires like Donald Trump have larger losses when they screw up. Investing in an Atlantic City, New Jersey Casino, was a major mistake. When Trump finally accepted defeat, all he took away from it was a $916,000,000 loss. Any taxpayer would've taken advantage of that. Warren Buffet once pointed out that he pays less in taxes than his secretary. Huge losses are the reason why.