Charles Littlejohn, Trump Tax Records Leaker Sentenced to 5 Years in Prison
Ex-IRS employee sentenced to 5 years for stealing Trump's tax records. Judge compares it to Jan 6 attack. Subscribe for more.
Former tax employee Charles Littlejohn, who leaked former President Donald Trump's tax records to left-wing news outlets, has been sentenced to five years in prison. The 38-year-old, who worked for Booz Allen from 2008 to 2013, had access to vast amounts of unmasked taxpayer data. He stole tax information from Trump and other public figures and released it to media outlets. Littlejohn pleaded guilty to one count of illegal disclosure of income tax records and must also serve three years of supervised release and pay a $5,000 fine.
Federal District Judge Ana Reyes described Littlejohn's actions as "an attack on our constitutional democracy," comparing it to the U.S. Capitol breach on January 6, 2021. She criticized the Justice Department for filing only one felony count against Littlejohn, despite the multitude of his thefts and leaks. Prosecutors argued that stealing and leaking private, personal tax information strips individuals of the legal protection of their most sensitive data.
Littlejohn admitted to his crimes, claiming he was motivated by a "desire for transparency" and a belief that people had a right to the tax information. However, he acknowledged that his actions undermined the fragile faith in the country's decision-making processes.
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