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On Wednesday, House Judiciary Chairman Jim Jordan sent a letter to Internal Revenue Service Commissioner Daniel Werfel demanding to know why journalist Matt Taibbi was visited by IRS agents the same day he testified before the House Select Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government.
Jordan wrote that in response to a March 27 letter seeking information on the IRS’ visit to Taibbi’s home, documents obtained through a letter received from the agency on May 6 “raised more questions than they answer.”
“The IRS asserted to the Committee that it sent a letter to Mr. Taibbi on October 24, 2019—nine days after Mr. Taibbi filed his 2018 tax return—asking Mr. Taibbi to verify his return because it met identity theft criteria and could not be processed until he confirmed,” the letter stated.
It then claimed that the IRS said it sent a second letter to Taibbi on March 23, 2020. “However, according to Mr. Taibbi, neither he nor his accountant received either of these letters or any other notification that there was an issue with his 2018 tax return—that is, until the IRS conducted a field visit at Mr. Taibbi’s home three years later. The IRS also failed to produce these purported letters to the Committee.”
Jordan wrote that the IRS’s documents reveal the agency opened its examination of Taibbi’s 2018 tax return on December 24, 2022, which was both Christmas Eve and a Saturday. It was also three weeks after Taibbi published the first Twitter FIles on the social media platform outlining government abuses.
This date was also “the same day that Mr. Taibbi published the ninth segment of the Twitter Files, detailing how federal government agencies ‘from the State Department to the Pentagon to the CIA’ coordinated to censor and coerce speech on various social media platforms,” the letter explained.
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