In the almost 90 minutes between Maddow's initial tweet and the actual news being pronounced on her show by her star guest, investigative reporter David Cay Johnston, the White House itself had gone on the offensive to release the numbers, and the Daily Beast, where Johnston writes a column, had published a story on the same.
Two pages of Donald Trump's 2005 tax returns may have been released in leaked documents revealed on MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. The Washington Post reported last year that Trump paid no federal income taxes for at least two years in the late 1970s.
The election has been over for months now and MSNBC has Trump's tax returns.... from 12 years ago! "If that's really what he wants the story to be, he can release all of his taxes and we can all glory in his enormous wealth".
Interest in Trump's tax returns is high because he has refused to release them and concerns they may reveal ties to Russian Federation, something he has denied but of interest in light of the Kremlin's meddling in the 2016 presidential election.
Some Trump supporters noted that the taxes were a credit to Trump's reputation, as it was speculated prior to the revelation that he wouldn't release taxes because he paid very little. That's also a record for Maddow's show.More news: Trump holds rally in Nashville
So who is Maddow blaming?
The MSNBC host found herself in the odd position Wednesday of defending herself from criticism following one of the biggest-ever scoops for her show.
That was obvious only a minute into her program when she told an audience anxious for the damning goods: "You may have heard, we've got some significant breaking news tonight".
Her show has been on a high since Trump took office.
Maddows's approach was in keeping with how she conducts her highly rated show every night.