Federal agents target top whistleblower in his own home

Matt Taibbi

The D.C. swamp doesn’t like being exposed for their crimes and corruption. They’ll do anything to silence those who speak up.

And federal agents just targeted a top whistleblower in his own home.

Joe Biden and the Democrats don’t care whose freedom they have to crush if it means keeping their secrets under wraps.

Whether it’s raiding former President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home…

Or weaponizing the government against pro-lifers with SWAT-style raids, Biden has gone off the rails.

One of the biggest abuses of power came to light after Elon Musk took over Twitter.

Thanks to his transparency, the American public have learned that the federal government was working Big Tech giants to censor and control the political narratives leading up to the 2020 presidential election.

But the journalist who broke the story is now right in the crosshairs of the Leftist elite.

The IRS, which is not known for making house calls, paid a visit to Twitter Files journalist Matt Taibbi’s home as he was testifying before Congress about the government’s efforts to suppress online discourse.

On March 9, the day of Taibbi’s high-profile appearance before the House Committee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government, an IRS agent came up at her home. When the agent discovered Taibbi was not at home, he left a note on the journalist’s door asking him to phone him.

After receiving an electronic confirmation of the return, the IRS maintains that Taibbi’s 2018 return was rejected and must be re-filed. Another return, filed in 2021, was denied by the IRS twice, despite Taibbi’s accountants utilizing the IRS-provided pin number.

The journalist is unconcerned about late payments or penalties. In fact, according to Taibbi’s proof, the IRS owes him a refund.

The question is whether a rejected return warranted an IRS home visit.

The Wall Street Journal points out how uncommon these are:

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 IRS’s activities prompted a letter from House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) directing the Treasury Department to keep all material connected to the visit.

Rep. Jordan stated that the incident required a “careful examination by the Committee to determine whether the visit was a thinly veiled attempt to influence or intimidate a witness before Congress.”

The IRS has previously been used as a weapon against Democrats’ political opponents. Internal IRS records disclosed in 2013 revealed that the IRS scrutinized conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status, particularly those affiliated with the “Tea Party” movement. The Justice Department settled multiple cases brought by Tea Party groups in 2017, recognizing the government’s wrongdoing.

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