The tax forms were obtained by the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Cay Johnston, and reported on MSNBC’s “The Rachel Maddow Show” Tuesday. Johnston, who has long reported on tax issues, said he received the documents in the mail, unsolicited.
But in a tweet Wednesday, Trump asked, “Does anybody really believe that a reporter, who nobody ever heard of, “went to his mailbox” and found my tax returns? @NBCNews FAKE NEWS!”
WATCH: Donald Trump calls leaked tax return ‘fake news,’ reporter fires back
Johnston quickly replied to Trump’s tweet stating, “Your White House confirmed my story. POTUS fake tweet. Sad!”
Hours after news of the tax return leak broke, Johnston said on Twitter he and his family had received several threats from Trump supporters.
WATCH: Donald Trump’s 2005 tax return revealed, he paid 24% on $150 million
Trump has refused to release his taxes, saying he is under routine IRS audit.
The returns showed that Trump payed a roughly 25 per cent effective tax rate thanks to a tax he has since sought to eliminate.