On the day journalist Matt Taibbi was supposed to testify before Congress about the Twitter Files, an agent from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) visited his home under questionable circumstances.
The New York Post reported that House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan (R-OH) sent a letter to IRS Commissioner Daniel Werfel asking for an explanation for the timing of the visit.
The very day Matt Taibbi testified before the @Weaponization Committee, the IRS showed up at his house.
— Rep. Jim Jordan (@Jim_Jordan) March 28, 2023
According to The New York Post, the IRS agent left a note for Taibbi telling him to call the IRS. When he called, he was told that his tax returns for both 2018 and 2021 were rejected due to identity theft concerns.
Rolling Stone journalist Matt Taibbi has been at the forefront of the Twitter Files saga since Elon Musk took over the social media platform.
Musk has been fulfilling his promises to increase transparency at Twitter by providing internal documents and other evidence to journalists, including Taibbi. The evidence aims to expose political bias, censorship and other forms of corruption under Twitter’s previous leadership. Taibbi and other journalists published the evidence in lengthy Twitter threads.
Taibbi presented evidence about the IRS visit to House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan and the House Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government, indicating that there had been no issues with his 2018 tax returns before his congressional testimony.
He revealed that the returns were electronically accepted by the IRS, and he had not been informed of any issues for over four years before the suspicious visit and note.
Journalist Matt Taibbi has publicly remained silent on the incident and has chosen not to comment publicly as he awaits a response from the IRS regarding Jordan’s letter.
Taibbi had this to say on Twitter recently, “For those asking, I don’t want to comment on the IRS issue pending an answer to chairman @Jim_Jordan’s letter. I’m not worried for myself, but I did feel the Committee should be aware of the situation.”
Members of Congress have voiced their inquiries regarding the incident. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) took to Twitter to express his concerns, stating that it “absolutely stinks to high heaven” because of the IRS’s history of targeting political opponents of the Democratic Party.
The Wall Street Journal’s editorial board criticized the agency’s unannounced visit, noting that it usually sends letters or schedules meetings at an agent’s office rather than making unannounced house calls.