The mainstream, anti-Trump media and Democrats attempted, for years, to obtain former President Donald Trump's tax returns.
When they finally got them, it turned into a massive nothing-burger, but the person behind the leaking of his returns has finally been brought to justice, according to Fox News.
Charles Littlejohn, 38, a Washington D.C. resident, was charged with leaking Trump's tax returns to The New York Times, according to a statement released Friday by the Justice Department.
"Thousands of the nation’s wealthiest individuals" had their private tax information released to the media by Littlejohn, according to federal prosecutors.
🚨 #BREAKING: An IRS contractor has been charged with STEALING President Trump's tax returns and providing them to a "news organization"
Charles Littlejohn, 38, of Washington, DC is facing up to FIVE YEARS in prison on this charge.
Does anybody ACTUALLY believe this man is… pic.twitter.com/zBs9PenFnf
— Nick Sortor (@nicksortor) September 29, 2023
"According to court documents, Charles Littlejohn, 38, of Washington, D.C., while working at the IRS as a government contractor, stole tax return information associated with a high-ranking government official (Public Official A) and disclosed it to a news organization (News Organization 1). Littlejohn also stole tax return information for thousands of the nation’s wealthiest individuals, and disclosed this tax return information to another news organization (News Organization 2)," the DOJ statement read.
Fox News noted:
The returns dated back more than 15 years, court documents said. He allegedly stole the tax returns between 2018 and 2020, federal prosecutors said. Trump is not named in the complaint.
The IRS consultant was charged with "unauthorized disclosure" of tax returns and return information. According to the Justice Department, he faces up to five years in prison if convicted.
Fox News added:
Fox News was told a guilty plea is in the works. Littlejohn was working as a contractor for the tax agency when he allegedly stole Trump's tax returns and gave them to the New York Times. The newspaper published several stories on Trump's taxes before he left office.
"Trial Attorneys Lauren Castaldi and Jonathan E. Jacobson of the Criminal Division’s Public Integrity Section are prosecuting the case, with substantial assistance from Assistant U.S. Attorney Eleanor Hurney for the Northern District of West Virginia," the DOJ statement added.
Littlejohn's photo was spread across social media following the bombshell announcement.
Charles Littlejohn, an IRS contract employee, has been charged with stealing Donald Trump's tax records and giving them to ProPublica and the New York Times.
https://t.co/g7WNAVAQ2U via @politico pic.twitter.com/jitRsKnODT
— Watching The Defectives (@shannon_alter) September 30, 2023
Social media users reacted to the news, with many not convinced that anything will come of the charges.
"You and I both know that they're going to come up with an outrageous excuse and end up getting away with this," one X user wrote.