David Cay Johnston, the reporter who got the scoop on Trump's 2005 tax returns, told MSNBC's Rachel Maddow tonight that he got Trump's tax documents in the mail — unsolicited — and argued that they could have been leaked from President Trump himself.

  • "It's entirely possible Donald sent this to me… with Donald you never know. He has a long history of leaking material about himself when he thinks it'll be in his best interest," said Johnston.
  • Trump paid 24% of his $152.7 million of positive income, and that was in large part because he was able to say had a negative income of $103 million, said Johnston.
  • If we didn't have the alternative minimum tax (which Trump wants to get rid off), Trump would have paid less than 3.5% in taxes in 2005.

Johnston's theory: Johnston thinks Trump has something to hide. As for what the president's hiding? Johnston said he thinks Trump's tax returns are tied to the Russians.

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McConnell: Senate has "more than sufficient time" to process Supreme Court nomination

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said in a floor speech Monday that the chamber has "more than sufficient time" to confirm a replacement for Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg before the election, and accused Democrats of preparing "an even more appalling sequel" to the fight over Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation.

Why it matters: Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) has said "nothing is off the table next year" if Republicans push ahead with the confirmation vote before November, vowing alongside Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) to use "every procedural tool available to us to ensure that we buy ourselves the time necessary."

House Democrats file legislation to fund government through Dec. 11

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.). Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

House Democrats on Monday released their proposal for short-term legislation to fund the government through December 11.

Why it matters: This is Congress' chief legislative focus before the election. They must pass a continuing resolution (CR) before midnight on Oct. 1 to avoid a government shutdown — something both Hill leaders and the White House have claimed is off the table.