DOJ: IRS Leaker Sought Job to Release Trump's Tax Returns

    DOJ: IRS Leaker Sought Job to Release Trump's Tax Returns
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    The Facts

    • Department of Justice (DOJ) prosecutors have claimed that Charles Littlejohn, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) contractor who allegedly leaked former Pres. Donald Trump's tax returns, obtained his job with the intention of disclosing Trump's confidential records.

    • According to a 15-page court filing by federal prosecutors, Littlejohn worked with Booz Allen Hamilton on an IRS contract between 2008 and 2013 with the "intention of accessing and disclosing tax returns."

    The Spin

    Pro-establishment narrative

    Regardless of one's political views, it's an undoubted violation of privacy to illegally leak anybody's sensitive financial or personal information. Charles Littlejohn had a clear bias againstTrump, and he was determined to leak his tax returns by any means necessary. A healthy democracy guarantees equal protection under the law, and even public officials have a right to privacy. Littlejohn must be held accountable for his weaponization of authority.

    Establishment-critical narrative

    Instead of focusing on extremely wealthy individuals who do everything possible to avoid paying taxes, the federal government is targeting a whistleblower who exposed the tax dodgers. Everyone knows that the wealthiest Americans pay only a fraction of the taxes they should, yet they are shielded from prosecution. Meanwhile, people like Charles Littlejohn face jail for simply blowing the whistle. The establishment will always protect its members, but proponents of transparency know that people like Littlejohn should be commended instead of targeted.

    Nerd narrative

    There's a 55% chance that California will pass a wealth tax before 2051, according to the Metaculus prediction community.

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