Hot air and intrigue: did Donald Trump leak his own tax return?

But before we can do that, we have to explain who Stephen Colbert is, who Rachel Maddow is, what can be considered a "implication", and how, exactly, one should define the word "substance".

"I hold in my hand something very significant", Colbert said Wednesday night as he opened "The Late Show", wearing a navy suit jacket and V-neck shirt similar to Maddow's and holding up a piece of paper.

"So without further ado, why did the chicken cross the road?"

"The only reason not to release his returns is to hide what's in them such as financial connections with Russian oligarchs and the Kremlin".

United States President Donald Trump attacked reporter David Cay Johnston, who had obtained part of his 2005 tax return and released it the day before on an MSNBC program. Colbert said. "I don't wanna watch America's Got 1040's".

On The Late Show, Stephen Colbert took Maddow to task, mocking her show during a skit. Why do we need them? He really sells the pauses, and then caps it all off with a glorious finishing move, saying, "But whether or not you're a Trump supporter ..."

Maddow, in an interview with Fallon that was shorter than her Tuesday preamble to reporting on the tax returns, restated her case for why Trump's tax history is of vital public interest. "He said, 'If we can verify it, do you want to put it on TV?'" Maddow said. The MSNBC host had held forth for nearly half an hour before revealing that she had the first two pages of Trump's 2005 Form 1040.

Still unanswered are countless burning questions.

"It feels like a big responsibility, I've got to get it right", she said about making sure the tax info was credible and valid. Maddow and Johnston speculated on Tuesday's show about whether Trump had something to do with the document turning up in Johnston's mail. People are really concerned to see what's in those tax returns. We're gonna get this thing answered ...

He denied that Trump himself was behind the leak to Maddow and said that it was offensive even to be asked the question. He paid 38, looks like $38 million in taxes.

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