"Someone broke the law" by leaking Donald Trump's tax return to the New York Times, Judge Andrew Napolitano explained this morning. 

The bombshell report this weekend disclosed that Trump declared a $916 million loss on his 1995 income tax returns, a tax deduction so substantial it could have allowed him to legally avoid paying any federal income taxes for up to 18 years.

The Fox News senior judicial analyst said the paper did not break the law, but that a crime was committed by whomever leaked the document.

He added that once the information is passed to the media, it can be published legally if it's judged to be in the "material interest" of the public. 

"[The paper] can't be sued and they can't be prosecuted. I understand the Trump campaign's frustrations, but the law is not on their side," said Napolitano. 

He agreed that Trump appears to have followed the law when it comes to filing his 1995 tax return, taking advantage of the U.S. tax code.

Napolitano said we would still need to see returns from other years to confirm that Trump actually used the nearly $1 billion loss to avoid taxes.

Watch the judge's analysis above.


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