Top Trump Ally: Tax Return Leak May Have Come From Trump's Own 'In-Fighting' Campaign Staff

It seems as though Donald Trump’s presidential campaign is still in turmoil, with dueling factions releasing leaks to the media about their desperate attempts to rein in their combustible and irascible candidate.


Per Media Matters, longtime Trump ally Roger Stone went on the Boston Herald’s morning internet radio program on Tuesday and suggested that Trump campaign in-fighting might be even worse than we believed. In fact, he thinks a member of the Trump campaign may have been responsible for leaking the candidate’s tax returns to the New York Times.

“Any theory on who leaked these taxes to The New York Times?” asked co-host John Sapochetti.

“Somebody who worked at the Trump Organization, perhaps,” Stone replied. “Or perhaps a former employee. But I would just be speculating.”

Co-host Adriana Cohen pressed Stone to elaborate on whether the leak was really an inside job, which was when he started dishing dirt on the campaign itself.

“Well there’s a lot of fighting and I would say in-fighting and jockeying inside the current Trump campaign,” he explained. “It’s not nearly as smoothly operating as it was during the time that Paul Manafort, a true professional, was running things.”

Stone was a major booster of Manafort during his time running Trump’s campaign, and it should be noted that plenty of in-fighting went on under his watch.

All the same, given how many leaks we’ve seen from the campaign over the past couple of weeks, it wouldn’t be too surprising to learn that it had a saboteur in its ranks.

Listen to the full clip of Stone below.

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