MSNBC’s Chris Matthews called Monday for employees of the Internal Revenue Service to leak information about President Donald Trump's tax returns to the public.
As a presidential candidate, Trump bucked recent precedent and chose not to release his tax returns, indicating that he could not release the documents because he was under an audit. The president has refused to release his tax returns since taking office, despite calls from critics and supporters alike.
On Saturday, Tax Marches took place across the country, with protesters gathering to call for the release of Trump's tax returns.
Matthews, the host of “Hardball,” said on his program that "we know there's no audit."
"Can't the IRS just make a statement: ‘He's not under audit?'” Matthews asked. “Just make the announcement."
Matthews said that the status of Trump’s taxes "would be a great leak.”
“Somebody from the IRS, just leak it," he said.
NBC analyst Howard Fineman replied that although many have called for IRS staff to do so, they have — as of yet — chosen not to.
"I thought they were all liberals over there, why doesn't someone leak?" Matthews asked.
"They might actually believe in the ethics of their job," Fineman replied.
(H/T: The Washington Free Beacon)