By Duncan Smith

The very first thing we thought about when we saw that New York Times story last week claiming to have President Trump’s tax returns and falsely claiming that ‘all he paid’ for the past couple of years before running for office was $750 was this:

Who leaked them?

And while the Times has culpability for essentially ‘receiving stolen goods’ and should be forced to defend themselves in court, the person or persons who actually did the leaking broke mucho federal laws in the process.

For that, a leading Republican wants someone held accountable.

Ironically, the Times reports:

Representative Kevin Brady of Texas, the top Republican on the House Ways and Means Committee, called for an investigation into who released information about Mr. Trump's tax returns.

“While many critics question the article's accuracy, equally troubling is the prospect that a felony crime was committed by releasing the private tax return information of an individual — in this case the President's,' Brady said in a statement this week.

'To ensure every American is protected against the illegal release of their tax returns for political reasons, I am calling for an investigation of the source and to prosecute if the law was broken,' he said.

Meanwhile, a lawyer for the Trump Organization, Alan Garten, told the Times the president “has paid tens of millions of dollars in personal taxes to the federal government, including paying millions in personal taxes since announcing his candidacy in 2015.'

'The New York Times' story is riddled with gross inaccuracies. Over the past decade the President has paid tens of millions of dollars in personal taxes to the federal government,” Garten said. “While we tried to explain this to the Times, they refused to listen and rejected our repeated request that they show us any of the documentation they purport to be relying on to substantiate their claims.”

He added: “Obviously this is just part of the Times' ongoing smear campaign in the run up to the election.”

This president has taken abuse like no other before him. He’s been targeted for a coup, impeached, and now someone has broken the law again to leak his tax returns.

Enough, already. If no one at the Justice Department or the IRS has ‘time’ to figure out how this happened, the president should replace them and find someone who does.

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