Fallon Tells Maddow Her Tax Scoop Was a Letdown

MSNBC host agrees

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MSNBC's Rachel Maddow admitted Wednesday to "The Tonight Show" host Jimmy Fallon that her much publicized discovery of President Donald Trump's 2005 tax returns was "not at all" scandalous.

Fallon told Maddow that the tax returns she announced Tuesday night on Twitter, which became highly anticipated by Democrats and the media, were a letdown.

"What you revealed last night wasn't that scandalous," Fallon said.

Maddow, who hyped her story on social media, agreed.

"Not at all!" Maddow replied, adding that the public now knows Trump pays taxes.

"Ok, so why don't you want to release your tax returns then?" Maddow asked of Trump. "Look, there's nothing embarrassing here."

Maddow originally dropped the news about the tax returns on Twitter.

She clarified less than an hour later that she only had part of the president's tax returns from 2005.

Maddow reported Tuesday about a two-page summary of Trump's taxes from 2005, which revealed the president earned $153 million and paid $36.5 million in income taxes that year.

Trump refused during the 2016 campaign to release his tax returns, breaking with all other major-party presidential candidates in recent decades.

MSNBC's parent company, NBC, is reportedly "fuming" over Maddow's tax return scoop, according to Page Six, because it only found out about the story when the general public did.

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Chandler Gill is a Media Analyst for the Free Beacon. Before joining the Free Beacon, she interned at the Heritage Foundation. Chandler went to Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina, and studied Political Science. She was raised in Wassenaar, The Netherlands. In her free time, Chandler enjoys reading and walking around the D.C. area. Her twitter handle is @chandlergillDC.