(PresidentialHill.com)- Judiciary Committee Chair Jim Jordan revealed that on the same day that independent journalist Matt Taibbi was testifying before the subcommittee investigating the weaponization of the government, an agent from the Internal Revenue Service showed up at Taibbi’s home.
On Monday, Jordan sent a letter to the Treasury Department and IRS Commissioner Daniel Werfel demanding an explanation for the timing of the agent’s visit, according to a Wall Street Journal editorial.
The IRS agent showed up at Taibbi’s New Jersey residence on March 9, while he was in Washington testifying before the Select Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government, leaving a note instructing him to contact the IRS on Monday, March 13.
According to the editorial, when Taibbi called, the agent informed him that both his 2018 and 2021 tax returns had been rejected due to concerns about identity theft.
Taibbi, who has played a key role in researching and reporting the Twitter Files documents exposing the social media company’s bias and its previous collusion with government officials, later informed chairman Jordan’s subcommittee about the IRS visit.
According to the Wall Street Journal editorial, Taibbi provided documents to the subcommittee showing that his 2018 tax return had been electronically accepted, and noting that in the last four-and-a-half years, nobody from the IRS informed either him or his accountants that there were any problems.
Taibbi told the subcommittee that his 2021 tax return was initially rejected, and then rejected a second time despite his accountants using an IRS-provided PIN when refiling.
Taibbi said that in neither case did he owe the IRS money, and in fact, the IRS owed him a “considerable” sum, according to the editorial.
In a tweet on Monday, Taibbi confirmed that he informed the subcommittee about the IRS visit but said he would not be commenting on the letter chairman Jordan sent to the IRS.