Democrats want to use the latest revelation of President Donald Trump's tax returns to pressure the president into releasing the rest of his tax information.
Rachel Maddow's big reveal may be getting some mocking for the drawn-out tease, but a certain amount of savvy went into her Tuesday promise to reveal (some of) President Donald Trump's tax returns. The return revealed that Trump paid $38 million in federal income taxes on a reported income of $150 million in 2005.
But an unscripted moment that took place on Wednesday night may offer the best proof yet of Maddow being an undeniable ― and totally unflappable ― badass.
'I hold in my hand something very significant, ' Colbert said in the bit parodying Maddow.
Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon had the MSNBC presenter on his show for a valedictory lap, a hint that relations may not be so frosty between the network and its cable news cousin.
"This is the highest-rated program ever for "The Rachel Maddow Show" in both total viewer and (between the ages of 24 and 54) demos", a spokesperson said.
"Because I have information about the president doesn't mean that it's necessarily a scandal", she insisted to AP two days later.
As a precaution, Maddow had produced an entire separate show that was ready to run in case the tax return story had to be sidelined over authenticity questions.
"You'd be surprised", she said.