Experts: No clear criminal case over Trump tax disclosure

(Associated Press)

NEW YORK (AP) – Donald Trump tax documents were published without his permission in The New York Times, but that doesn’t necessarily make for a clear-cut criminal case against the newspaper or its source.

For one thing, it’s not clear who did the divulging – the Times says it received the documents anonymously in the mail.

And legal experts say the newspaper itself should be on solid First Amendment grounds if it used newsworthy, accurate information and did nothing illegal to get it.

Trump’s lawyers have threatened “prompt initiation of appropriate legal action” of their own. The Times said Monday it hadn’t heard further from Trump’s lawyers.

The Times said the businessman had declared $916 million in losses in 1995. That’s enough to forgo paying federal income taxes for 18 years.

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