On Sunday, New York Times reporter Nicholas Kristof solicited the IRS on Twitter to leak President Donald Trump’s tax returns.
Below is his tweet.
But if you’re in IRS and have a certain president’s tax return that you’d like to leak, my address is: NYT, 620 Eighth Ave, NY NY 10018.
But if you're in IRS and have a certain president's tax return that you'd like to leak, my address is: NYT, 620 Eighth Ave, NY NY 10018. https://t.co/ujYe100Tn9
— Nicholas Kristof (@NickKristof) March 6, 2017
What Kristof is attempting to do is criminal.
The Washington Post reported the consequences of such actions.
In the age of Edward Snowden and the Internet troublemaker Anonymous, we wondered exactly why Trump’s tax returns have not come to light. One big obstacle is that leaking confidential tax records is against the law, punishable by a $5,000 fine, up to five years in jail or both.
They also provided questions and answers on the gravity of illegally distributing tax returns.
Q. So what prevents a curious IRS employee from taking a peek or passing Trump’s return to a reporter?
A. For one thing, it’s a felony to disclose confidential tax information. Federal employees could lose their job, pension, freedom and reputation.
Q. Would a news organization that received the returns get in trouble?
A. Federal law prohibits “any person” from printing, publishing or soliciting tax-return information without the taxpayer’s authorization.
So is the mainstream media going to report on this? I highly doubt it. Kristof is a typical Democrat, so they will probably let him get away with it.
However, the law evidently takes this very seriously, no matter the political ideology of the reporter.
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