A national story shadows any local news I have to report this morning. The New York Times obtained 20 years of Donald Trump’s tax records and they show “chronic losses and years of tax avoidance.” The Trumpster paid only $750 in federal income tax in 2016, and again in 2017 – far less than you probably paid those years.
Trump was found to indeed have an ongoing audit battle with the IRS as he claimed, concerning a $72.9 million refund he claimed. If disallowed, he could owe more than $100 million. He has been found to take enormous losses to ease his tax burden, and more and more his earnings depend on business activities that could be conflicts of interest with his job as president.
If there’s a silver lining for Trump, it’s that the investigation did not uncover any new links to Russia.
In probably related news, Trump campaign official and former campaign manager Brad Parscale has been hospitalized following a reported suicide attempt. He barricaded himself in his Florida home yesterday.
That’s all for today. Yeah this is a short post but the Trump NYT article will take you a good hour to get through. Back tomorrow with more news.