|Chaz Littlejohn is a villain who stole Trump’s tax returns and sent them to the New York Times. The Times printed the information, even though they knew the data was stolen and would undermine public trust in our tax system.
Littlejohn also stole thousands of other tax returns from the richest Americans – everyone from Senator Rick Scott to Oprah Winfrey. He sent them to the liberal group ProPublica, which used them to bang the drums for Democratic proposals to tax unrealized capital gains.
Biden’s DOJ gave him a slap-on-the-wrist, single-count plea deal to cover these thousands of crimes.
“The fact that he is [only] facing one felony count, I have no words for,” Judge Ana Reyes said at yesterday’s sentencing hearing before handing him the maximum five-year sentence.
She continued: “Let me be absolutely clear: What you did, in targeting the sitting president of the United States, was an attack on our constitutional democracy,” the judge told Littlejohn. Regardless of how many people may consider Littlejohn a hero, Reyes said, “I want you to know that I am not one of them.”
Jonathan Jacobson, one of the federal prosecutors said “the tax returns are just the tip of the iceberg.” Littlejohn leaked sensitive financial information, submitted to the IRS by some of the wealthiest Americans, including details on investments, stock trades, and private audit information for a total of about 18,000 (!) individuals.
Littlejohn said he was inspired to steal the documents after reading a book entitled “The Triumph of Injustice: How the Rich Dodge Taxes and How to Make Them Pay,” by economists Emmanuel Saez and Gabriel Zucman. He said that he felt an obligation to publicize the returns because he felt the tax system is unjust.
The New York Times – the other supervillain accomplice in this high crime – remains unrepentant. The Times’ then-executive editor, Dean Baquet, rationalized this security breach by saying: “Every president since the mid-1970s has made his tax information public. The tradition ensures that an official with the power to shake markets and change policy does not seek to benefit financially from his actions.” The operative word here is “tradition.” There is NO legal requirement for a presidential candidate to release his tax return.
The Times even labeled this felon a “whistleblower.” We’re all for freedom of the press, but the Times decision to make public stolen data that undermines our tax system is a subversive and anti-American. Shame.
We also can’t help wondering: Did a single IRS contractor really exfiltrate thousands of the agency’s most sensitive documents working alone? Or did he have the tacit or express approval of higher-ups? We’re not sure which possibility is more disturbing.
IRS Employee Who Stole Thousands of Tax Returns Gets Five Year Sentence – But New York Times Walks Away Scot Free
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