"What I have here is a copy of Donald Trump's tax returns," MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow said.
On Tuesday, Maddow and investigative journalist David Cay Johnston revealed a small portion of President Donald Trump's tax returns from 2005. But was doing so illegal?
But legal experts say if an individual or network doesn't seek out the information, the law becomes murkier. Johnston said the pages were mailed to him anonymously.
Precedence seems to protect journalists who publish classified documents in the public's interest. In October, The New York Times released some of Trump's tax records from 1995 after receiving them in the mail.