(Tea Party 247) – There has never been a more poorly-named show than CNN’s “Reliable Sources” With Brian Stelter.
In a flurry of slander and attacks against President Donald Trump that shows the left is in way over their heads this election cycle (they just can’t pick an October surprise!), a new fuss is being made over Trump tax returns.
Because of course.
Their claims are being questioned by conservatives like Charlie Kirk, who addressed recent claims on Twitter over the weekend.
“Who leaked Trump’s tax returns to The New York Times? 26 U.S. Code § 7213 makes it illegal to disclose unauthorized information, including tax returns. If true—there should be felony charges leveled,” Kirk tweeted. “RT if DOJ should immediately investigate the Times and their sources!”
Who leaked Trump’s tax returns to The New York Times?
26 U.S. Code § 7213 makes it illegal to disclose unauthorized information, including tax returns
If true—there should be felony charges leveled.
RT if DOJ should immediately investigate the Times and their sources!
— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) September 28, 2020
“Kirk might’ve missed this line in the story: ‘All of the information The Times obtained was provided by sources with legal access to it,” he condescendingly wrote in a retweet of Kirk’s comments.
Kirk might've missed this line in the story: "All of the information The Times obtained was provided by sources with legal access to it" https://t.co/rgyTieQgZG
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) September 28, 2020
As many on Twitter would go on to point out, as Twitchy reported, just because someone has access to the tax returns does not make it legal to leak them.
That line does not refute his point about someone leaking it to the New York Times.
— Matt Whitlock (@mattdizwhitlock) September 28, 2020
Did you read the tweet after you wrote it? Because if you did, the 'delete' function should have been your next move.
— Scott Coleman (@bandphan) September 28, 2020
Some even had previous legal cases to point to:
Natalie Edwards had **legal access** to the Treasury Dept. records she LEAKED to Buzzfeed reporter Jason Leopold.
She pleaded GUILTY and is awaiting sentencing for having committed a federal crime.
People actually look to you to inform them?
— Who's Gonna Be Lucky Indicted #2? – Brian Cates (@drawandstrike) September 28, 2020
In short, Stelter’s pathetic attempt to “fact-check” Charlie fell flat on its face.
If a police officer gives me your personal information from a license plate number, it's illegal, even though he had legal access to it.
Face it, you're a chode.
— Mostly Peaceful Welder 🇺🇸 (@SomeWelder) September 28, 2020
At one time, I legally had access to records from the national crime information computer.
Had I handed out information from it, I'd be in legally dire straits.
— Bohemio of the Reeeeing Twenties (@El__Bohemio) September 28, 2020
Legal access does not translate into permission to distribute
— Tench Coxe (@CoxsTench) September 28, 2020
But not legal access to leak it. Nice try.
— Rich Weinstein (@phillyrich1) September 28, 2020
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