GOP Rep. Jim Jordan Wants IRS To Answer Why It Tried “To Intimidate A Witness” By Sending An Agent To The Home Of Twitter Files Journalist
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An incident that should have every American outraged has barely received any coverage in the media.
On the day that Matt Taibbi, an independent journalist, testified in front of Congress about the “weaponization of the federal government,” he received an unannounced visit from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
Taibbi has been working with Elon Musk on the Twitter Files, which exposed “government overreach” in successfully suppressing the Hunter Biden laptop story leading up to the 2020 presidential election.
Chairman of the Select Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government, Jim Jordan, is now demanding answers.
He has requested that the IRS “turn over copies of documents related to its search of journalist Matt Taibbi’s home on the day he testified before the weaponization subcommittee.”
According to the Wall Street Journal, Jordan sent a letter to Treasure Secretary Janet Yellen and Daniel Werfel, the Commissioner of the IRS, calling for answers about the “timing and circumstances surrounding the raid” on Taibbi’s New Jersey home on March 9, “the same day Mr. Taibbi testified before the Select Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government about what he learned about Twitter.”
Jordan voiced concerns that the IRS visit was an attempt to “intimidate a witness before Congress.”
“Please produce all documents and information as soon as possible but no later than 5:00 p.m. on April 10, 2023,” the letter reads.
In his testimony, Taibbi told the committee “that whereas the ‘original promise of the internet was that it might democratize the exchange of information globally … what we found is in the [Twitter] files was a sweeping effort to reverse that promise and use machine learning and other tools to turn the internet into an instrument of censorship and social control. Unfortunately, our own government appears to be playing a lead role.'”
Would that statement earn him a threatening visit from the IRS?
Jordan outlines what Taibbi shared with him after the visit in his letter. The IRS left a note ordering Taibbi to call the agency four days after his testimony. The IRS requested his 2018 and 2021 tax filings because of “concerns over identity theft.”
Why would there all of a sudden be a problem with his past tax returns?
Isn’t it ironic that he was testifying about the weaponization of the federal government and became a victim of that weaponization?
As the saying goes, “there are no coincidences.”
There has been no public response to Jordan’s letter from the IRS though Newsweek reached out to its press office for comment.
In an interview with Sean Hannity of Fox News, Congressman Jordan said it’s very rare for the IRS to make a house call.
He said, “They usually call your accountant, call you, first send you a letter.”
“While he is testifying, award-winning journalist, ‘New York Times’ best seller, testifying in front of Congress, testifying on the weaponization of the federal government, testifying in that committee hearing, Democrats are asking him who his sources are, violating the First Amendment while attacking the First Amendment. While all that is going on, guess what? The IRS is knocking on his door.”
Jordan admitted that it could be one big coincidence, but most of us realize that is not the case, and as Jordan said, “It’s pretty darn alarming.”