Maddow Is Going to 'Keep Plugging Away' at Trump's Taxes

Maddow Is Going to 'Keep Plugging Away' at Trump's Taxes”

MSNBC's Rachel Maddow told host Jimmy Fallon that she caught wind Monday that former New York Times reporter David Cay Johnston had received a portion of the president's tax returns.

Each time Colbert neared telling the joke - starting with "Why did the chicken ..." - he went on a minimally-related tangent, clearly mocking Maddow's almost 20 minute-long introduction on her Tuesday show after teasing she had obtained portions of the president's 2005 tax return on Twitter.

"I will release them as soon as the audit- look, I've been under audit nearly for 15 years", Mr. Trump said during a debate with Hillary Clinton in September.

Colbert then did the same with "roads", before noting: "But whether or not you're a Trump supporter, whether or not you've heard this joke before it ought to give you pause that after all of this build up, I still haven't gotten to the punchline".

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"Why did the chicken.", Colbert teased before adding, "but first a word on chickens" and segueing into a lengthy informational rant on the fowls and pulled out a live chicken in a necktie.

Later, he asked, "OK, what are roads?"

Because the tax return had a mysterious origin, Rachel Maddow's team validated its authenticity, but they still needed one more thing - confirmation from the White House.

From there, Colbert teased out the joke in agonizingly slow detail, veering off into sidebars about the history of chickens, roads, and whether either of them had connections to Russian Federation. The answer right after this break.

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The White House confirmed details of the president's 2005 federal tax return after its first two pages were leaked Tuesday.

The slow, underwhelming reveal drew the mockery of many, including Margaret Sullivan, media columnist with The Washington Post.

'That's why every president back to Watergate has done it, ' she said of Trump's refusal to release his tax returns. Is this news or a reality show?

"He's the only person who could leak it without concern of being sued by Trump or anyone else", speculated Maddow. "They overplayed their hand in a huge way", says the Posts's source. The story is that he paid around $50 million dollars in federal and state income taxes in a single year. While Fallon had let loose with a couple of zingers about Maddow in his monologue, he was downright giddy when he introduced her, enthusing: "You were trending on Twitter last night!"

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"I think the reason people were so excited is because it's really weird that the president hasn't released his financial information", she told Fallon. "It is amusing to me that a president would spend this much energy and political capital to keep secret his finances and his taxes specifically and simultaneously would want to brag about how much money he made".

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