Representative Jim Jordan (R., Ohio) sent a letter to Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Commissioner Daniel Werfel demanding an explanation as to why the agency deployed federal agents to visit “Twitter Files” journalist Matt Taibbi.
Jordan, the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, sent the notice on Monday requesting more information on the timing and circumstances of the raid on Taibbi’s house in New Jersey on March 9.
Federal agents were dispatched to Taibbi’s residence the very same day that the investigative journalist appeared before the Select Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government, also chaired by Representative Jordan.
According to the letter, first obtained by the Wall Street Journal, Taibbi notified Jordan that the IRS instructed him to phone the federal agency four days later, and he was later told that both his 2018 and 2021 tax filings were requested because of “concerns over identity theft.”
Taibbi shared his 2018 tax submission with the Select Committee, which showed that his filing was “electronically accepted” and that no problem was registered with the return for “more than four-and-a-half years,” the Journal editorial notes.
While Taibbi’s initial 2021 return was rejected twice despite his accountant using an “IRS-provided pin number.” Taibbi added that the issue at stake is not “monetary” and that the federal agency actually owes him a “considerable” amount of money.
During Taibbi’s visit to Capitol Hill, Representative Stacey Plaskett (D., V.I.) denounced the former Rolling Stones journalist as a threat.
“Mr. Chairman, I am not exaggerating when I say that you have called before you two witnesses who pose a direct threat to people who oppose them.” When Jordan laughed at this comment, Plaskett replied, “It’s funny when people have to go through that? This is unacceptable.”
Plaskett derided Taibbi as a “so-called journalist” and repeatedly insisted that there was no “real evidence” publicized in the Twitter Files showing coordination between the federal government and the social-media platform.
“Ranking Member Plaskett, I’m not a so-called journalist,” Taibbi countered. “I’ve won the National Magazine Award, the I.F. Stone Award for Independent Journalism, and I’ve written ten books, including four New York Times best sellers.”
Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D., Fl.) engaged in a similar line of hostile questioning.
“Being a Republican witness today certainly casts a cloud over your objectivity.”
“Elon Musk spoon-fed you his cherry-picked information, which you must have suspected promotes a slanted viewpoint or, at the very least, generates a right-wing conspiracy theory. You violated your own standards, and you appear to have benefitted from it,” the Florida representative told Taibbi.
Just ahead of testifying, Taibbi released a new installment of the Twitter Files revealing that the social-media company had established a “Censorship-Industrial Complex” whereby agencies such as the FBI and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and NGOs including the Atlantic Council and National Endowment for Democracy regularly consulted with the social-media platform in an effort to censor or downplay posts they found objectionable.
According to the communications obtained by Taibbi, much of which he has published in the Twitter Files, Twitter had a policy of censoring even information that it accepted as true if that info had a chance of inducing “vaccine hesitancy” among readers.
Reprinted with Permission from - The National Review by – Ari Blaff
As for shooting themselves in the foot, their timing was impeccable.
gym Jordan belongs in prison.
Why don’t you head over to CNN? You have nothing to say here. No one cares.
Why are you such a Coward by always using different handles. Why don’t you use your Real name if you’re so brave to leave Braindead comments?
Just another Leftie TROLL. Don’t give it / them the dignity of a response. Just report the pronoun.
Yes, same troll, different handles. Just enjoys riling people up.
Everybody knows that Dictator Beijing biden ORDERED the IRS to intimidate Taibbi.
Why else would they show up.
Shows how Dictator Beijing biden has weaponized Federal agencies for political purposes.
What else would you expect from a COWARD.
That’ all you got??? Same response to every post. Just another Leftie TROLL.
Intimidation is one of the favored weapons of the left
Now in America it works. CHRIS
You know that the IRS is going to slow walk any response to this request. On the positive side, the American people have just seen an example of the IRS being used to intimidate a journalist who said something the administration doesn’t like. Welcome to living in a 3rd world banana republic everyone.
Reference the 2020 elections. We are a 1st world banana republic. Most Americans voted that way. Most Americans like it that way. I am 68 years old. I am soon to Croak. I won’t see it completely happen. Younger people, you wanted it,now you got it. CHRIS