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The allegations suggest that he disclosed tax details about “Public Official A” to a second undisclosed news entity, seemingly alluding to former President Donald Trump and the New York Times.
Littlejohn could potentially face up to five years in incarceration, as stated by the Justice Department.
The filing of the charges as a “criminal information” instead of an indictment usually implies the defendant has agreed to a plea arrangement.
This revelation emerges over two years post ProPublica’s declaration of acquiring extensive tax information about affluent individuals, initiating a sequence of articles illustrating minimal to no tax payments by them. This unauthorized disclosure left many IRS professionals in astonishment due to the stringent protective measures in place for tax filings.
The lack of public commentary from Biden’s administration officials on this leak added to the enigma, leading to accusations from Republicans against Democrats of using this information to advocate for increased taxes on the wealthy.
Simultaneously, Ken Griffin, a renowned hedge fund manager whose records were disclosed, initiated legal action against the IRS for their failure to safeguard his tax documents. The administration contended in court that there was no substantiation that the leak originated from a government official.
IRS Commissioner Danny Werfel, expressing his stance on Friday, emphasized, “Any revelation of taxpayer information is intolerable.”
He added that the IRS has implemented enhanced security measures and protocols to safeguard taxpayers’ financial and tax information.
Representatives for Littlejohn and ProPublica chose not to comment, with ProPublica maintaining their stance of being unaware of the identity of their informant.
Court documents reveal that Littlejohn had access to these records for tax administration purposes during his contractual tenure with a consulting firm.