An IRS consultant was charged Friday in connection with wrongfully disclosing tax return information, documents that were, according to a source familiar with the matter, the leaked tax returns of former President Donald Tump. Afp CNN was the first to report that the charges pertained to the disclosure of Trump’s taxes.
A Justice Department spokesperson did not immediately respond to a request for comment Friday night.
Littlejohn, 38, provided the public official’s tax documents to an unnamed news organization, and the tax information concerning other wealthy individuals to another unidentified news organization between 2018 and 2020, prosecutors said.
In 2020, The New York Times released a bombshell report saying that it had obtained more than two decades of Trump’s tax information and that he had paid only $750 in federal income taxes in 2016 and 2017.
Littlejohn is charged with one count of unauthorized disclosure of tax returns and return information. The Justice Department announced in a press release that Littlejohn faces up to 5 years in prison for unauthorized disclosure of tax returns and return information.