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While Matt Taibbi Was Testifying Before Government Committee, the IRS Knocked on His Door

While Twitter Files journalist Matt Taibbi was in Washington, D.C. on March 9 testifying before the Select Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government, his home in New Jersey had a curious visitor — an Internal Revenue Service (IRS) agent. Now, the House Judiciary Committee chair, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), is demanding that the IRS explain why.

According to the Wall Street Journal, whose editors have seen the document, Jordan sent a letter Monday to IRS Commissioner Daniel Werfel and Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen asking why Taibbi was the target of the unannounced and unusual home visit.

During that hearing, Taibbi was grilled by Democrats who attempted to get him to reveal his sources, in total ignorance of the First Amendment.

The same week, FTC Chair Lina Khan demanded that Twitter produce a list of all journalists who’d been given access to the Twitter Files as part of their investigation into Elon Musk’s acquisition of Twitter, a move Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Jordan pushed back on.

So, what did the IRS want with Taibbi?

The taxman left a note instructing Mr. Taibbi to call the IRS four days later. Mr. Taibbi was told in a call with the agent that both his 2018 and 2021 tax returns had been rejected owing to concerns over identity theft.

Mr. Taibbi has provided the committee with documentation showing his 2018 return had been electronically accepted, and he says the IRS never notified him or his accountants of a problem after he filed that 2018 return more than four-and-a-half years ago.

He says the IRS initially rejected his 2021 return, which he later refiled, and it was rejected again—even though Mr. Taibbi says his accountants refiled it with an IRS-provided pin number. Mr. Taibbi notes that in neither case was the issue “monetary,” and that the IRS owes him a “considerable” sum.

When people are contacted by the IRS, generally it’s by letter — especially for a first contact. We have the same questions and concerns the Wall Street Editorial Board has:

The bigger question is when did the IRS start to dispatch agents for surprise house calls? Typically when the IRS challenges some part of a tax return, it sends a dunning letter. Or it might seek more information from the taxpayer or tax preparer. If the IRS wants to audit a return, it schedules a meeting at the agent’s office. It doesn’t drop by unannounced.

The curious timing of this visit, on the heels of the FTC demand that Twitter turn over names of journalists, raises questions about potential intimidation, and Mr. Jordan is right to want to see documents and communications relating to the Taibbi visit.

The fear of many Americans is that, flush with its new $80 billion in funding from Congress, the IRS will unleash its fearsome power against political opponents. Mr. Taibbi deserves to know why the agency decided to pursue him with a very strange house call.

Does the IRS really want something from Taibbi, or are they simply attempting to send a message? Conservatives have been the subject of political targeting by the IRS in the not-distant past, and apparently nothing has been done to clean the agency up.

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  • Slim says:

    Biden’s crew aren’t even trying to hide the attempts they make of intimidation. These people are lawless.

    • Mary Krollzik says:

      I sure hope the Republicans are going to do the same to the Democrats after 2024, the will wake them up with a huge bang at 4am

  • R. Rampie says:

    THEY ARE NOT GOING TO GET IT UNTIL ONE DAY THERE IS A REAL legal invoking of our constitutional rights under law to go and remove their souls from DC and all Corrupt nest of tyrants across our nation.

    Only by the grace of the American peoples exceptional ability to exercise extreme tolerance are THESE TYRANTS STILL WALKING THE EARTH.

    But like a car speeding down the road for hours on end nonstop eventually they will get stopped and I think with the odds in the American peoples favor and assets of 100 million armed Americans owning and access according to the latest stats to over 1 million firearms purchasing over 5 billion rounds of ammo per year.
    Where the government has only about 4 million la enforcement counting at most including the military and all assets local to federal. look it up. This will not end well for them and much worse than it did for the British. Since I do not believe all of their hopeful defenders would come to their rescue by betraying their oaths and turning on their own family’s. We aren’t Nazi Germany yet mentally yet, but they sure are trying.

    Look this up if you want fact check. I wish the government would< OR HAVE THEY? AND WHY THEY WANT OUR GUNS WHICH IS FUTILE AND WILL BE THE SPARK WHEN THEY ACTUALLY THINK THEY CAN MAKE THE MOVE.

    LOOK YOU CAN'T EVEN BARELY GET YOUR KIDS TO LISTEN TO YOU THESE DAYS.
    DO THEY REALLY THINK AMERICANS WILL LIVE ON THEIR KNEES?

    THEY LIKE TO SAY THEY ARE WOKE! WHAT THEY REALLY NEED TO DO IS WAKE UP BEFORE ITS TO LATE AND WE AS A NATION GO THROUGH THE WORST DARK PERIOD IN OUR HISTORY UN LIKE ANY OTHER. WE ARE ON OUR LAST NERVE AND THEY HAVE JUST ABOUT SEVERED IT.

    Governments assets
    443,543 National Guard
    1,390,000 all active military
    1.100,000 reservist
    100,000 full-time federal law enforcement FBI- US MARSHAL’S CIA SECRET SERVICE ETC.
    696,644 full-time local law enforcement officers employed in the United States. and the only full time armed assets.

    The Americans than accomplished the removal of the biggest army in the world at the time of the revolution with about 1 million American Colonist people between the 13 colonies .

    The British had 8 million and half of them were slaves throughout the 13 colonies and were decimated by the anger of the Founders who were out numbered us 8 to 1.

    Today now we out number the government assets from local to fed and military's by almost 20 to 1.
    and that would be if all 4 million law enforcement assets would all betray their own family's and break their constitutional oaths.

    Remember out of that 4 million those are our sons , daughters, husbands, wives, Brothers sisters Family and friends that we all support.

    Most likely the numbers of people that would mix it up as a realistic guess of about 2-300,000 thousand Government oath breakers facing about 5 -10 million armed pissed off on their last nerve Americans

    The government does not need to spend 80 billion dollars and arm and buy 5 million rounds of ammo as advertised for 87,000 I.R.S. agents which would be cannon fodder if the chit hit the fan and they put them in the field as a under cover form of policing.

    They really need to just hire few mathematician's to do the numbers for them to get it into their heads just how many we are and just how few they are and talk like Biden threatened you need Jets Tanks and all to take the government on.
    Because those assets are useless if you do not have the piolets or won't be able to stop even a 500 pickup truck and about 2000 people that rush a bases and the 500 pick takes out a 100,000 ,000 million dollar F22 on the ground.
    Biden does not and never has known what in the hell he is talking about or even in my opinion after decades of listening to his Bulls chit ever tell the truth. he is the worst liar on the planet or he is the most delusional.
    I am not cutting him slack since now he looks like he has dementia because he been lying and acting like a bad ass with his I would to take you behind the barn crap.
    He most like never had a fist fight in his life. That's what my gut tells me.

    We are ever approaching and are on the precipice of all of this and its a shame these Drunk on power do not realize the danger they are in living in a bubble they think makes them untouchable.

    When all they have to do is leave us alone and they would not have to worry about gun control or all they gun laws that are ever showing and demonstrating how afraid they are of us.

    Look if you are afraid of getting burned putting your hand in a fire . or jumping out of plane without a parachute. JUST DON'T FN DO IT!.

    This statement is not about insurrection or Treason. it is fully our constitutionally rights boldened to every American and in my opinion our obligation to remove tyranny from our land and tyrants as quoted by Thomas Jefferson who wrote about this day almost as a profit because he new absolute power absolutely corrupts.
    He wrote"
    "“Whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it, and to institute new government…”

    We were given our 2nd amendment BY OUR FOUNDERS to protect our constitutional rights against exactly this sort of government and tyranny.
    All I have said is protected under the real law of the land the constitution of the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.

    And it completely eludes me why we have not out of the 100 million armed Americans spawned by now leaders like we once had who created and endowed us as Americans with these rights?

    I am over 65 years old from a military and law enforcement very patriotic family, and If I were in even my 30s I would try. all I can do is try to reach out to maybe some brave ex trained military leaders fired wrongfully Generals and such to step up and lead us. I am sold but I still have 5 lbs. of pressure in my finger/

  • James Leamons says:

    Matt knew going in that the forces of the left would be unleashed.

  • Vicki says:

    The democrat party just lost another famous person- Taibi left and is now an independent. Per another site.

  • Quasimodo 2020 says:

    Hopefully the lessons trump learned about trying to run a bipartison administration will resonate in the next republican presidents ear loudly. FIRE THEM ALL! Every single democrat that heads a department in the federal govetnment should be given their walking papers on day 1 of the administration. There is no working with a radicalized weaponized government.

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