About Those “Leaked” Tax Documents, What Is/Isn’t Legal?

What happens when people obtain confidential information about another person?  Can you use it legally? Yes. No. Maybe. In order to answer the question it’s important to keep in mind how a person obtained the information and what it contains. Recently, Rachel Maddow and NBC news obtained Trump’s 2005 tax return. Legally? Well, she apparently came into possession of the two pages of the now-president’s tax return from David Cay Johnston, another journalist. When asked how he obtained the pages of the return, Johnson replied “over the transom” (in the mail). Johnson speculated the documents may have been intentionally leaked by Trump himself. (After all, the Russia story has been dominating the news of late.) In the case of Trump’s tax documents, rumors are swirling… read more →