A prime proponent of that theory is Politico writer Yashar Ali, who offered a set of theories in a Medium post.
“Outside of Mr. Trump, Ms. Maples would be the only other person that could legally provide the tax returns to an outside party,” Ali said.
And The New York Times didn’t mention contacting Maples.
“Even if she didn’t return their calls or emails, they would still indicate that they reached out to her and had not heard back,” he said.
Ali said of Maples’ possible motivations: “It would certainly exact the ultimate revenge on a man who once had his lawyer say to a reporter, ‘Ms. Maples didn’t have the capacity to understand, participate, or take a role in the business world.’”
The Daily Beast backed up the Maples-as-leaker story: “Maples returned from visiting family in Georgia with (daughter) Tiffany to New York, where she now lives, on September 20th. We met the 21st. The Times received the tax returns the 23rd.”
A mysterious Maples tweet also is being seen as confirmation of the leak.
Fans of the Maples theory:
— Marcy (@mms5048) October 3, 2016
Here are a few clues that point to Trump’s ex-wife: https://t.co/p9yCCvzsey
— New York Magazine (@NYMag) October 3, 2016
I think Marla Maples is the source of Trump’s leaked taxes. Any mailbox within 2 blocks of Trump Tower has the same postmark.
— Nameless Cynic (@NamelessCynic) October 3, 2016
— Wonkette (@Wonkette) October 2, 2016
Gee could it have been Trump’s old love and cheated on spouse Marla who sent in Trump’s disastrous taxes? heeheehee https://t.co/jfzN5lGOoS
— (((James Bradford))) (@rasalom666) October 3, 2016
I’m hoping it was Marla Maples…Who gave Trump’s taxes to the New York Times? The mystery behind a bombshell story. https://t.co/pxzxAlvdLh
— Katharine Zaleski (@kzaleski) October 3, 2016
My money’s on Marla Maples https://t.co/Rju1TzUdDX
— Joe Adinolfi (@jsadinolfi) October 3, 2016