TRUMP RESPONDS TO IRS HOUSE VISIT TO MATT TAIBBI ‘IT’S JUST PLAIN BRAZEN AND SOMEWHAT STUPID’
In response to an odd house visit from the IRS to renowned journalist Matt Taibbi, who recently
The IRS Makes a Mysterious House Visit on Matt Taibbi—An Agent Arrives at the Home of the Twitter Files Journalist Who Testified Before Congress, according to a tweet by President Trump on Truth Social.
On March 9, Taibbi’s residence was unexpectedly visited by an IRS official. On that same day, Taibbi, who is renowned for his accurate reporting, testified before Congress on hacked “Twitter data” he had gotten and extensively written about.
In fact, accompanying President Trump’s post was a link to the Wall Street Journal, which reads: “House Judiciary Chairman Jim Jordan sent a letter Monday to IRS Commissioner Daniel Werfel and Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen seeking an explanation for why journalist Matt Taibbi received an unannounced home visit from an IRS agent. We’ve seen the letter, and both the circumstances and timing of the IRS focus on this journalist raise serious questions.”
In a video President Trump made for the post as well, he states that the house call and the time of Taibbi’s testimony are far from coincidental. He said pointedly that it “is not a coincidence. It’s just plain brazen and somewhat stupid.”
This adds fuel to the general worries that the agency might be going too far by pursuing journalists.
Since many people have expressed worry about the decline of democratic institutions and norms, journalist intimidation has gained renewed significance. The importance of a free and independent press in holding those in power accountable has increased with the emergence of authoritarianism and populism in many parts of the world.
It’s unclear what steps, if any, will be made in reaction to the event involving Taibbi and the IRS at this point in the ongoing discussion over press freedom and governmental authority.