According to court documents, Littlejohn applied to work at the IRS specifically in order to obtain Trump’s tax documents.
According to court documents, Littlejohn applied to work at the IRS specifically to obtain Trump’s tax documents, and worked out a way to obtain that information without triggering alert systems in IRS security protocols.
Nicole Argentieri, acting assistant attorney general of the Justice Department’s criminal division, told the AP that Littlejohn’s sentencing “sends a strong message that those who violate laws intended to protect sensitive tax information will face significant punishment.”
Neither Trump nor the two outlets were mentioned by name in the charging documents, but the time frame of the leaks as well as the descriptions match investigations launched by both ProPublica and The New York Times.
Florida Republican Sen. Rick Scott also had information leaked by Littlejohn. Scott told the AP that Littlejohn should receive even greater punishment for his crime to be charged with more crimes because his only intention for leaking the information was “just to harm people,” including Scott’s family.
Littlejohn, meanwhile, apologized for his actions during the sentencing hearing. “I acted out of a sincere, if misguided, belief I was serving the public interest,” Littlejohn told the court. “My actions undermined the fragile trust we place in government.”
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Source: Black Enterprise