A former associate of the IRS is facing charges for leaking tax documents of numerous affluent individuals, including a high-profile government figure’s records to the New York Times, according to statements from federal officials.
The alleged offender, Charles Littlejohn, 38, from Washington D.C., reportedly shared these confidential documents with multiple media houses. It’s believed that Pro Publica, an investigative journalism nonprofit based in NYC, was among the recipients of this information.
Records indicate the exposed tax details spanned over a decade and a half. Allegations suggest Littlejohn misappropriated these records between 2018 to 2020, though the official documents do not directly mention former President Trump.
The charges against Littlejohn involve the unauthorized sharing of tax information. A conviction could lead to a prison term of up to five years, as per a DOJ statement.
The case is currently under scrutiny by the IRS’s internal oversight body, the TIGTA. The DOJ has chosen not to provide additional comments.
Sources have indicated a possible guilty plea from Littlejohn. During his tenure as an IRS contractor, he is believed to have procured and passed on these documents to the New York Times, leading to several articles on the tax history of the then-President.
Back in September 2020, in response to a report from the New York Times, Trump clarified his tax records, asserting he contributed “millions of dollars” to the IRS and maintained he has a right to tax benefits “like any other citizen.” The report had previously suggested he hadn’t paid income tax for a significant number of years within a 15-year span.