Did Marla Maples Leak Trump’s Tax Return?

Several major sites are connecting the dots. Via Medium:

Outside of Mr. Trump, Ms. Maples would be the only other person that could legally provide the tax returns to an outside party. Both the New York Department of Taxation and the Connecticut Department of Revenue allow taxpayers, who have filed a joint return, to authorize the release of the returns to an outside party. They don’t require both filers to authorize the release, the forms provided by both states only require one of the tax-payers signatures. So if Ms. Maples were caught leaking these returns, she would not face criminal charges for doing so.

It’s also unlikely that she would be violating her confidentiality agreement with Mr. Trump by leaking these returns. I spoke to two lawyers that specialize in family law and both told me that they have never seen a restriction around tax returns in a prenup or settlement agreement. They have seen such restrictions when it comes to financial statements, investment records but it would be hard for Mr. Trump to demand that Ms. Maples own tax information be kept private. If Ms. Maples did indeed leak these returns, it would also absolve the Times of any criminal or civil penalties.

Despite the fact that the Trump campaign said that the Times is “an extension of the Clinton campaign”, they’re not (after all they broke the email server story in March of 2015). The Times had these returns for ten days and took their reporting on these returns seriously — even going so far as hiring tax experts to analyze the returns. They sought a comment from the Trump campaign, they spoke to the accountant who prepared and signed the returns.

So it would be highly unusual for them to not contact Ms. Maples about the tax returns given that her name is on all of the returns and her signature is on the New Jersey return. Yet the Times, in their story, does not indicate that they contacted Ms. Maples. Even if she didn’t return their calls or emails, they would still indicate that they reached out to her and had not heard back.

From the New York Magazine:

Many assume that the leaker held off sending Trump’s tax return so it would act as the proverbial “October surprise” (the Times story was first published on Saturday night, October 1), but could there be more to the timing? Maples was suddenly back in the news last week because her ex-husband decided to remind the public that Bill Clinton cheated on Hillary Clinton — which in turn reminded everyone that Trump cheated on his first wife, Ivana, with Maples.

Maples has not publicly disparaged Trump in recent years, but she came very close in the past week. The native of Georgia, who was raised a strict Baptist, very sweetly threw some shade his way in a Times profile of their 22-year-old daughter, Tiffany, published on Saturday morning. After their divorce, Maples took her daughter to the West Coast, or as she put it, “I had the blessing of raising her pretty much on my own.” From Tiffany’s remarks about long-distance phone calls with her dad and saving report cards that he scribbled on, it appears that they have not had a very close relationship.

  • Oikos

    I hope so and I hope there is more to come.

  • Homo Erectus

    No – I’m sure it was lying Hillary.

    • Oikos

      Thanks O̶b̶a̶m̶a̶ Hillary!

    • AdamTh

      No, no. You have the cast confused. It’s Lyin’ Ted, Crooked Hillary & Lil Marco

      • Joseph Miceli

        Great. Thanks a lot. Now the theme music from “the Waltons” is playing in my head.

        • clay

          (I loved the sound of the bugle in that, but it never seemed to fit with the show.)

  • Mark

    There seems to be some leaks in the big orange yacht….

    • Oikos

      I hope all hands will be lost and go down with the ship.

      • Joe in PA

        I saw a Facebook thing the other day where they put all of his surrogates together and described their pasts. OMG, what a bunch. The BEST people indeed. The impact seemed to be so much greater when you put them all together like that.

  • Rex

    After living with a con man, even for a short time, you’d pick up a deceptive trick or two to use.

  • Galvestonian

    hee-hee….

  • zhera

    Payback for the Playboy shoot?

    I hope there’s plenty more to come. 😀

  • Michael R

    Quote from a book –

    ” Trump’s relationship with Marla Maples sounds just like his politcal ambition …

    ‘I was bored when she was walking down the aisle’, Trump later told a writer. ‘I kept thinking, ‘What the hell am I doing here’.

    ‘For him the getting was everything’, the author writes. “

    • BobSF_94117

      He probably hired his own catering company for the wedding and didn’t want to stiff himself…

      • Rebecca Gardner

        There’s a rumor going around that Trump stiffed the caterer, but it’s unconfirmed, although it sounds like something he’d do.

        http://www.snopes.com/donald-trump-stiffed-his-wedding-caterer/

        • RoFaWh

          Drumpf has stiffed so many people, can’t their lawsuits be consolidated into a single class action?

    • Rex

      Does this mean that if he’s elected he’ll get bored with the presidency?
      “I was bored at the swearing in, what the hell am I doing here?”

      • Traxley Launderette

        Most likely.

      • Rebecca Gardner

        He’s already made it clear he will not be doing anything. Remember he said his VP will be in charge of all Domestic and Foreign Policy. Well, that empties his plate.

        • Rex

          Well, it makes sense.
          Working would cut into his tweeting and “hey, look at me” time.

          • Rebecca Gardner

            Plus he needs to work with the interior designer to gold plate the White House and everything in it.

          • Bill Post

            Nah too much work… its easier just to steal it.

          • Talisman

            Has he said he’d actually move into the White House? He might just decided it’s too much of a downgrade, and so rent the penthouse in his new DC hotel.

          • bzrd

            I was thinking he was going to turn the second floor into a b-n-b ’cause money

          • Johnny Wyeknot

            It’s right around the corner.

          • He will be like Tiberius, and spend most of the time in Capri, or Trump’s version of Capri..

          • clay

            Capri :: Miami

          • George Waite

            Will he have “little fishes” too?
            Shudder……..

          • Amanda B. Rekendwith

            I’m not sure his ego could stand the move into public housing recently vacated by an African-American family.

          • RoFaWh

            Think of all the cooties the Obamas will have left behind!

          • Paul Michael

            ….and charge the rent back to the government at the “fair market value” /s

          • Acronym Jim

            He was thinking of pulling the Tiffany glass screen out of storage, but then remembered it had the same name of his least favorite kid.

            That and it was too classy.

            https://3ff009b6523c0c1f8b94-091582592a5f780b4bac3b68414d35fd.ssl.cf5.rackcdn.com/default/_largeImage/The-Grand-Illumination.jpg

            Seriously, though, I would have loved to see the screen in situ.

          • Craig Howell

            Why bother, when he can just live in his new hotel down the street and rent out the White House for tax losses?

          • Rebecca Gardner

            I can imagine Drumpf putting the White House on Air BNB

        • Blake Jordan

          He is purely there to adjust the tax codes, etcetera for his benefit when he is tossed out after his first term…

          • RoFaWh

            Surely you don’t think Drumpf isn’t already sidestepping the tax codes?

        • Talisman

          He’ll fix everything on the first day, so what will there be to do?

          • clay

            In his convention speech, he did basically say he’d instate martial law on his first day, but, you know, only in “certain areas, where bad things happen”, like people voting without being harassed.

        • Gustav2

          The rumor was Uday offered Kasich the Veep job saying Donnie would just be a PR head of the administration, running around the country making it great.

      • bzrd

        if elected, he could be over 80 minutes late for the swearing in and if it’s bitter cold, half the people could be gone

      • ChrisInKansas

        Of course he’ll be bored! It’s more than five minutes long and some of it doesn’t really have to do with him.

      • Reality.Bites

        Once he’s fucked someone a few times he’s bored. But he can only start fucking the country after the swearing in.

        I suspect he’d ruin the (global) economy, start a few mini-wars with leaders as crazy as him, THEN walk away.

      • The_Wretched

        He’s already promised that Pence will be the real president while he goes around to State dinners and State afterparties.

  • Traxley Launderette

    Ooh, girl. Well played (maybe, crossing fingers).

    You just don’t fuck over some people and walk away, thinking that’s the end of that…

    • RoFaWh

      Remember, for Drumpf, the past is over and done with. With the important exception of his pet peeves, such as “fat” beauty queens.

      The way he goes on and on and on about some trivial matter is like a kid who can’t stop scratching a mosquito bite.

      [I’ve never met or heard of anyone as all-round disgusting as Drumpf. Every facet of his life seems to be a foul smelling turd.]

      • Traxley Launderette

        Or a meth addict picking at scabs…

  • Rex

    It’s called Karma, Mr. Trump, and she IS a bitch.

  • Mister Don

    ROFLMAO!

  • Hillary should offer her a cabinet positiion.

    • DaddyRay

      Ambassador to France

  • JT

    You don’t have to be Miss Marple to figure that out.

    • Reality.Bites

      No, you just have to be Miss Maples.

      • JT

        Actually, you don’t.

  • AtticusP

    Well, it IS October, after all.

    SURPRISE!!!

    • DaddyRay

      October has started out very nicely

    • Todd20036

      At least Darth Vader has a sexier voice. Other than that,

      Anakin killed children, Cheeto fucked them.

      • Diogenes Onionpants

        True, but if I rightly recall Vader’s death scene from “Return of the Jedi,” that’s exactly what he looks like unmasked.

      • SockMikey

        Darth Vader = Power of the Force (Dark Side)
        Donald Drumpf = Power of the Farce (Orange Side?)

  • Neely OHara

    Hell hath no fury…

  • Halou

    Even more glorious considering Trump’s attitude to women in general.

    Perhaps he should take a lesson from his debate performance and prepare for November when millions of unhappy women all across America kick his ass.

  • delk

    If not her, then Tiffany.

  • thom

    guiliani on ABC…
    “Don’t you think a man who has this kind of economic genius is a lot better for the United States than a woman?”
    yeah, don’t tell me this election isn’t about sexism

    • Todd20036

      And that comment was made by a drag queen….

      • I would turn you into a toad for that, but I’m off a bit this morning… I’d end up with who knows what.

      • clay

        Ghouliani never was, and never will be, a “queen” of anything.

        • Brianna Amoré

          But he’s always been a drag.

    • JT

      a man who has this kind of economic genius

      Yeah, “economic genius” involving failed businesses.

      • Friday

        And screwing investors and employees and contractors and municipalities.

    • Pat

      How does a genius lose money running a casino? I don’t listen to anything Guiliani says. As far as I’m concerned, forgetting the 9/11 terrorist attack which was on his watch as mayor and well before Obama is proof positive he’s no longer tied too straight in the cranial area.

      • Traxley Launderette

        My thought exactly. Native American tribes, who are traditionally not millionaire real estate moguls, are opening casinos all over and it’s been instant, easy cash! And good for them!

      • RoFaWh

        How?

        One guess: by wandering into the cash rooms and carrying away banker boxes full of currency not yet tallied. It would not surprise me if this speculative answer turned out to be true. Drumpf is well-known to be cash poor; the reasons we aren’t sure about, but it does lead to his petty grabbing at any money that floats by during the day. I cannot imagine he wouldn’t have helped himself to some of the gambling proceeds.

        Cenk Uygur on The Young Turks put it this way: “Who has ever lost money running a casino? The house always wins.”

      • “How does a genius lose money running a casino?”

        http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/12/nyregion/donald-trump-atlantic-city.html?_r=0

        Short version: Buy an Atlantic City Hotel with bank loans, partnered up with renown Casino operator (Harrah’s), Buy a nearby Hotel Casino with more bank loans to shaft your innocent partner, then buy another Hotel Casino nearby with even more bank loans. For all it it worked, the business plan has to work flawlessly, and of course all the Casinos can’t be competing with each other, (which what happened)

        This wasn’t a business plan, it was megalomania.

    • Joseph Miceli

      Guiliani is only pro-woman when he’s dressed like one.

      • clay

        maybe we’ll get a report out his ex-wife, as well.

        • JCF

          Ex-wives.

      • Rod Steely

        Or cheating on one

      • Not even then is “Rudina” necessarily pro-woman.

        There are a number of factors involved in the analysis, I don;t have enough answers to be able to judge accurately – but his recent statements seem to indicate that his drag/crossdressing is not gender-identity-based. And how he thinks when he is in boy mode is very likely how he thinks when he is in girl-mode.

        • Joseph Miceli

          “how he thinks when he is in boy mode is very likely how he thinks when he is in girl-mode”… only with boobies.
          There’s no need to over analyze this. I was just getting my hit in. Don’t worry though, I still love you!

    • Rambie

      Great, dump Trump and get the tax accountant on the ballot then. Like Trump is the one who knew the tax laws that well is beyond humorous.

    • Reality.Bites

      Trump didn’t invent or innovate by carrying his losses forward – it’s a perfectly legitimate, longstanding and FAIR provision of the tax code that’s used by millions of Americans every year, albeit not for amounts close to a billion dollars.

      On the “genius” scale it’s just slightly above realizing that if you pay your bills online you save the cost of stamps and having cheques printed.

      Of course the 910 million loss may shady or downright illegal on its own, and the optics aren’t the best, but carrying the losses forward is neither shady nor remotely innovative. Nor does he play any active part in preparing his taxes

      • John T

        I like that this story is making everybody talk about the “perfectly legitimate” ways in which the tax system favors the extremely wealthy.

        • popebuck1

          But yeah, look over there! Someone is using their food stamps to buy soda! HOW DARE THEY leech off the public!

      • NancyP

        The devil is in the details. It should be for keeping small business owners afloat when they are struck by issues outside expected risks. It shouldn’t be a reward for incompetence.

    • Gerry Fisher

      Whoa…! (I’m not surprised he thinks this. I’m surprised he was dumb enough to phrase it that way. I guess it’s not only tRump who’s coming unhinged, it’s his surrogates as well.)

    • Xuuths

      Um, tRUMP isn’t a genius, the tax accountant certainly was. They aren’t the same person.

      • RoFaWh

        Drumpf is an interesting case study in intelligence. By any ordinary standard, he’s pretty stupid, but he must have something upstairs to have pulled his con for so long.

        • Brianna Amoré

          I see him more as an evil genius. Only an evil genius could run cons on people for this long.

  • Stubenville

    Duh, the copies have those “sign here” stickers pointing to Maples name…

  • Texndoc

    I just howled when Twitter came out with who done it about 5 minutes after the story broke. C’mon, you know he continually passed up Violet for promotions for men, oogled Darla, and completely ignored Judy.

    https://66.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m0sgcsmwac1r1c3jbo1_500.gif

    • DaddyRay

      I hope there are pictures of Donald tied up hanging from a garage door opener

      • DaddyRay

        Oh and don’t forget the ball gag

        • Texndoc

          And getting hooked on “As the World Turns”

          • Todd20036

            I. AM. OLD!!!!!

          • As my maternal grandmother used to say, “As the Stomach Churns, All my illegitimate brats, The Edge of Blight, and Genital Horsepiddle.” What woman can get anything done with all that shit?

          • Texndoc

            “As the Stomach Turns” was a Carol Burnett gag. Actually I remember the boss in 9to5 good hooked on “The Days of Our Lives”. I remember my mom watching some of those. Probably my favorite title was “Secret Storm”. I remember “Dark Shadows” after school and actually being frightened by it.

          • paganguy

            I rushed home from school every day so I could be there in time for Dark Shadows. Never missed it. 🙂

          • Jerry

            I always watched “Secret Storm” and loved it…though it was before I was old enough to be in school.

        • Gerry Fisher

          It’s required.

      • Stubenville

        Is he into M&Ms?

      • Gerry Fisher

        YES!!! (please)

  • Gustav2

    That was my first guess.

  • Yixing’s Fluffer

    Regardless of whether she did or not, if Trump goes after her publicly it will be yet another disaster, so…please proceed, ersatz businessman!

    • RoFaWh

      Ersatz Drumpf.

      A new comedy actor in Punch and Judy shows.

  • Halou

    If this is his ex-wife I cannot imagine what the in-laws are like.
    After all, the word Mother-in-law is an anagram for ‘Woman Hitler’.

    • Tigernan Quinn

      Why are you blaming any of this on her?

      • Halou

        Not blaming her. Trump should be glad that his ex-wife is only releasing this much and doesn’t have more dirt on him. He deserves a lot more trouble than what he is getting.

  • Stubenville

    Revenge is a dish best served cold.

  • SoCalGal20

    Don’t get mad, get even!

    • Alessar

      “Don’t get mad, get everything!”

      • Xuuths

        Hooray for the First Wive’s Club” reference, spoken by Ivana…

      • Speaking of which

        ” I am a marvelous housekeeper. Every time I leave a man, I keep his house.” – Zsa Zsa

    • Johnny Wyeknot

      Or as my Italian partner used to say, “Get mad, get even and then eat some pasta.”

  • bkmn

    It would be appropriate payback.

  • Pat

    I really hope it was her. Poetic justice if the beginning of his topple comes from a woman.

    • Gerry Fisher

      Several.

      • Pat

        And more to come before October is out, I’m sure.

        • RoFaWh

          But note the contrast between the blather and forewarnings of their “surprises” the stupid Drumpfers always give, and the silence of the Democrats while they just quietly sit on things until they can release them without warning at an opportune moment.

          [Observation: shit, I’m a wordy s.o.b. “Opportune moment” my ass!]

          • Pat

            Lol, I’m wordier! I love the Dem Stealth Surprises. No fuss, no muss – BOOM!

  • That’s fine for the State returns, but unless they filed jointly on the Federal as well she’s hosed. Both signatures granting consent must be provided, unless ordered by a court of law.

    I’ve worked too many seasons at HRB for this one.

  • JellyDonut

    You never hear about Tiffany.

    • Johnny Wyeknot

      She seems to serve only as click bait.

    • ByronK

      Who?

      • 80s singer. Last hit was in 1988. You don’t hear much about her these days.

  • Revenge is a dish best served absolutely frozen.

    • Gerry Fisher

      And served hurled at the temple?

  • Itsatarp

    She has the motive and the opportunity.

  • They say that revenge is a dish best served cold, but this one was from the deep freeze. If this is true, well played, Marla.

  • Reality.Bites

    Marla – the Trump I’d consider voting for

  • 2guysnamedjoe
    • RoFaWh

      Regarding the scene captured in that photo: Tacky, tacky, tacky, in each and every detail, both animate and inanimate. And only standard eight foot ceilings, too.

      • Beagle

        Eight foot ceilings? Only if Melania is eight feet tall.

    • JCF

      Trump wanted 5 children, so he’d be sure “one would turn out just like me”. Behold Damien Trump.

  • Friday

    Baddabing. 🙂

  • 2guysnamedjoe

    Wow. Imagine keeping a secret like that for 20 years, just waiting for the right moment. If that was you, Marla, I tip my hat to you.

  • GayOldLady

    “From Tiffany’s remarks about long-distance phone calls with her dad and
    saving report cards that he scribbled on, it appears that they have not
    had a very close relationship.”

    I could tell by how he treated Tiffany at the GOP Convention that she isn’t in the “family circle”. She’s actually a very fortunate young woman to not be subjected to that pit of vipers.

  • The Professor

    Fascinating. I don’t love conspiracy theories about anything, but if the relationship with Marla has been… um… frosty over the years, it would also explain why their daughter Tiffany hasn’t exactly been front and center like the scumbag brothers and Ivanka.

    • The_Wretched

      Even Baron has shown up a few times.

    • David Milley

      All the better for Tiffany. Got a kick out of her Wednesday Addams glower during the RNC.

    • Skeptical_Inquirer

      I think Tiffany will be better without the influence of her biodad. I’m hoping she marries someone decent (if that’s what she wants to do) and doesn’t hunt animals.

  • LDinMN

    If she did leak it…that makes her smart.

  • Lazycrockett
  • James

    Some reporter was saying it was Tiffany, the unloved Trump, daughter of Maples. I could believe that.

  • Boy Elvis

    It doesn’t matter who released them. Exposing this person publicly will invite reprisal from the Trump camp. Politically it would benefit Hillary if the alleged NAMBA supporter Trump went after his ex-wife or his own daughter, but if the whistleblower wishes to remain anonymous that’s fine by me.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada
  • NMNative

    Hell hath no fury…….

  • Robincho

    Roses are red,
    Violets are purple.
    Shitgibbon drowns
    In Maple’s surple…

  • UiscePreston

    It is very likely that Marla gave the returns to her daughter, who just so happens to have a college roommate who just so happens to have an internship at the Times.

    • Rillion

      The reporter wrote a little inside article about the importance of checking her work maibox. She received these through the US mail. Which ironically is probably less traceable these days for leaking info then computers.

  • – Who would legally still have copies of these particular tax forms? Marla Maples is among them.

    – Whose name and signature have “Sign Here” stickers under them on the reproduced forms? Marla’s.

    – Who would still be angry enough and have reason to want to derail Trump’s political ambitions? A cheated-upon ex-wife named Marla Maples.

    – Who tweeted a picture of a pumpkin patch on October 1? I’ll give ya one guess.

  • Franciscan

    I think given his experience setting up and bankrupting Atlantic City casinos, he should consider diversifying, maybe to Big Pharma or hedge funds.

    • lymis

      Personally, I’d be thrilled if all of his future real estate dealings involved finding empty refrigerator boxes to live in.

  • JCF

    Oh PLEASE let the deed have been done by (abandoned) Marla! Please, please, PLEASE!!!

    http://media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lxkjpn6iUk1qbcq69.gif