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DOJ Gives Sweetheart Plea Deal to IRS Contractor Who Leaked Trump’s Tax Returns

Charles Edward Littlejohn's plea deal for leaking IRS data, including Trump's tax records, showcases a glaring disparity in our justice system.

In a glaring example of the double standards permeating our justice system, the case of former IRS contractor Charles Edward Littlejohn exposes a disturbing leniency towards politically-motivated crimes committed by Democrats. Littlejohn, who committed the largest theft of IRS taxpayer data in history, faces a potential slap-on-the-wrist sentence despite the gravity of his actions. His crime? Stealing and leaking the private tax records of Donald Trump and thousands of other Americans.

The Justice Department’s decision to allow Littlejohn to plead guilty to a single felony count, rather than pursue charges for each offense, raises serious questions about the integrity of our legal system. The DOJ’s recommendation of a mere 60 months’ imprisonment seems ludicrously inadequate, considering the extent and impact of Littlejohn’s actions. His attorneys, pushing for an even lighter sentence, argue that he leaked the data to “responsible” news outlets like The New York Times and ProPublica. However, the ethical implications of such a defense are deeply concerning.

This leniency stands in stark contrast to the harsher sentences meted out for lesser offenses by those perceived as politically aligned with former President Trump. For instance, individuals involved in the Capitol riots have received harsh sentences for comparatively minor offenses. The incongruity is stark and troubling.

Littlejohn’s actions were not just a breach of privacy; they were politically motivated acts that potentially influenced public opinion and electoral outcomes. His leaks provided fodder for countless articles critical of Trump and others, which Democrats used to advance their agenda. The plea deal, thus, seems more like a reward for political activism rather than a punishment for a serious federal crime.

Moreover, the DOJ‘s handling of this case sends a dangerous message to potential future offenders: that politically motivated crimes against Republicans may be treated with undue leniency. This undermines public trust in the impartiality of our justice system and could encourage similar acts in the future.

The case also highlights broader issues within the IRS and the contractors it employs. Booz Allen Hamilton, Littlejohn’s employer, has a history of security breaches. Yet, the Biden administration has trusted this company with modernizing the entire IRS computer system. This decision is alarming, given the company’s track record and the recent breach.

In conclusion, the Littlejohn case is a stark reminder of the politicization of justice and the need for greater accountability in our legal system. It underscores the importance of treating all crimes with the seriousness they deserve, regardless of the political affiliations of the perpetrators or their victims. Failure to do so not only erodes public trust in our institutions but also threatens the very fabric of our democracy.

Robert Chernin

Robert Chernin

Robert B. Chernin has brought his years of political consulting and commentary back to radio. As a longtime entrepreneur, business leader, fundraiser and political confidant, Robert has a unique perspective with insights not heard anyway else. Robert has consulted on federal and statewide campaigns at the gubernatorial, congressional, senatorial, and presidential level. He served in leadership roles in the presidential campaigns of President George W. Bush as well as McCain for President. He led Florida’s Victory 2004’s national Jewish outreach operations as Executive Director. In addition, he served on the President’s Committee of the Republican Jewish Coalition. Robert co-founded and served as president of the Electoral Science Institute, a non-profit organization that utilizes behavioral science to increase voter participation and awareness. Robert can be heard on multiple radio stations and viewed on the “Of the People” podcast where you get your podcasts.