Appearing on Fox and Friends Monday morning, former New Jersey Superior Court Judge and Senior Judicial Analyst for Fox News Channel Andrew Napolitano explained that Donald Trump’s tax records that were released by the New York Times on Sunday show that the presidential nominee did nothing wrong.
According to Napolitano, Trump was within the law when he declared a $916 million loss on his 1995 income tax returns, which amounts to a substantial deduction.
When asked by Fox’s Steve Doocy if Trump did anything wrong, the former judge responded: “No.”
“No, in the United States of America we tell the government what we owe,” Napolitano said. “The government doesn’t tell us.”
“Congress has given guidelines, very lengthy, very complex guidelines,” the judge continued before going on to explain that the tax code in the U.S. would create a four foot standing pile of paper. “If a person goes through the tax code and finds ways to minimize their obligation, they are following the laws that congress has made available.”
Napolitano told the Fox and Friend cast that the person who provided the tax records to the New York Times “probably broke the law” and is criminally liable.
Donald Trump responded to the NYT report on Sunday, tweeting “I know our complex tax laws better than anyone who has ever run for president and am the only one who can fix them.”
The GOP nominee’s lawyer Marc E. Kasowitz, wrote the Times shortly after the report was published saying the publication of the tax documents was illegal “because Mr. Trump has not authorized the disclosure of any of his tax returns,” and threatened “prompt initiation of appropriate legal action” in response.
Judge Andrew Neapolitan said on Monday morning that the Times is immune from civil liability in the case of publishing the records because they can be considered to be in the best interest of the public.
The Judge explained:
“Why? because Donald Trump has portrayed himself in this campaign as a brilliant bullishness man who’s background is appropriate for the presidency and part of that brilliance, in his view, is how he dealt with his taxes. So, his taxes are what the law calls ‘of material interest to the public’.”
Ironically, as the NTY speculated that Donald Trump had paid no taxes two decades ago, it was revealed that the publication itself paid no taxes in 2014.