Trump Is Still Lying About His Taxes, According to His Former Accountant
The New York Times' leak of Donald Trump’s 1995 tax records, which reveal the GOP presidential nominee declared a staggering loss of $916 million, have called into question the business savvy Trump endlessly boasts about as proof of his presidential bonafides. Never one to let a billion-dollar failure—or a possible two decades of escaping federal income taxes—count against him, Trump has attempted to turn the situation into yet more proof of his fiscal brilliance. As per Mediaite, Trump is now claiming his knowledge of tax laws allowed him to legally manipulate the rules and profit from them in the process. Never mind the ethically questionable reasoning; according to Trump’s tax guy, the contention, like everything that comes out of Trump’s mouth if his lips are moving, isn’t true.
Enter Jack Mitnick, the Trump family accountant from the 1960s to 1996, who says Trump had nothing to do with the taxes he now claims to have made great—at least, where his own wallet is concerned.
“I did all the tax preparation,” Mitnick told Inside Edition. “He never saw the product until it was presented to him for signature.”
Mitnick was asked for his thoughts on Trump’s claim at a Colorado rally that he “understand[s] the tax laws better than almost anyone,” and that he “brilliantly used those laws” to help his own bottom line and “to the benefit of [his] company, investors, and employees.” Mitnick's reply?
“I’m the one who did all the work.”
Mitnick says he’s not the one who leaked the documents, however. Which means a few other people remain possible suspects.