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Trump Tax Return Leaker Worked for Beltway Firm With IRS Contract

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Last week, Jeff Charles brought us news of the guilty plea of Charles "Chaz" Littlejohn, who entered a guilty plea for stealing and disclosing sensitive tax information to the press. Now the plot thickens, as RealClearInvestigations' Paul Sperry brings us more details on Mr. Littlejohn and the Beltway contractor he worked for, Booz Allen Hamilton.

The Internal Revenue Service recently awarded a lucrative contract to help modernize its computer databases to the same Washington firm, Booz Allen Hamilton, that employed the man who pleaded guilty last week to stealing and leaking thousands of private tax returns of wealthy Americans, including former President Trump, according to records reviewed by RealClearInvestigations.  

The massive IRS theft is the third major breach of confidential and classified government information by Booz Allen contractors over the last decade – including Edward Snowden's 2013 leak exposing the National Security Agency’s worldwide anti-terror surveillance program.

Cyber-thief Charles “Chaz” Littlejohn was working on an IRS contract for Booz Allen in 2018 when he stole more than two decades of Trump’s personal tax records from IRS computers. He later leaked them to the New York Times, which published negative stories on Trump’s long-sought returns several weeks before the 2020 election, which Trump narrowly lost in a handful of battleground states.

One has to wonder just how lucrative that contract is and why the IRS awarded a sweetheart deal to an agency that employed someone who stole confidential information and leaked it to the press in order to influence a Presidential election. But the picture is more complex than just one man, which raises the question:

Was Charles Littlejohn a sacrificial lamb? For the charges he has copped to, he faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison, and let's be honest, there's little chance he will receive more than a slap on the wrist, followed by a lucrative career on the left-wing speaking/interview circuit, and probably a book deal.

Did he act alone? President Trump's lawyer doesn't think so:

Trump lawyer Alina Habba said she suspects Littlejohn was an operative in a broader political conspiracy to sabotage the former president before the 2020 election. 

“What Mr. Littlejohn did, I do not believe he did alone,” she said last week at the Washington courthouse where he pleaded guilty. Habba added that the leak probably “cost my client thousands of votes and was all by design.”

Whether or not it can be established that Mr. Littlejohn acted on his own or not, the fact remains that he has a well-documented history of supporting Democratic politicians. 

Littlejohn was raised in an affluent Democrat household in St. Louis. He is the son of retired PR executive Steve Littlejohn and attorney Stefanie London, both of whom are Biden donors, according to the Federal Election Commission database.
 
His father, who also gave $900 to Barack Obama, has posted a number of anti-Trump tweets. Steve Littlejohn, who began his career in Wilmington, Del., is a fan of MSNBC's Rachel Maddow. In 2017, he retweeted the liberal host's false conspiracy theories about Trump's “coordination" with the Russians to rig the 2016 election in his favor. The next year, his son stole Trump’s tax filings. 

Booz Allen Hamilton is one of the most profitable contractors employed by the federal government, and they regularly take part in the revolving door of political staff — Beltway parasites:

At least two Obama administration alumni sit on Booz Allen’s board. President Clinton’s IRS commissioner also holds a seat. In the 2020 election cycle, federal records show Booz Allen contributed a total of $238,776 to Joe Biden versus $85,657 to Trump. The company also gave almost four times more money to the Democratic National Committee than to the Republican National Committee. 

What's more, Booz Allen Hamilton has a track record of employing people who go on to release sensitive information. This was the contractor that placed Edward Snowden in the National Security Agency (NSA), and Harold Martin III was also placed in the NSA by Booz Allen Hamilton. Following these breaches, Booz Allen Hamilton accessed the revolving door once again, hiring former FBI Director Robert Mueller to review their hiring and screening practices.

Disclaimer: I will say that Edward Snowden leaked not personal information on citizens but instead information on how the U.S. and British government were illegitimately surveilling their citizens. This, in my estimation, places him in a different moral universe than Littlejohn; Snowden is a legitimate whistle-blower. That fact does not relieve Booz Allen Hamilton of their responsibility in placing him at the NSA in the first place.

Now we see that last summer, Booz Allen Hamilton was awarded a fat IRS contract to upgrade their computer systems. That's the same IRS that is hiring 3,700 new agents, effectively "sen(ding) hither swarms of Officers to harass our People, and eat out their substance."

Here's how much Booz Allen Hamilton is getting for the IRS upgrade:

Booz Allen Hamilton (NYSE: BAH) today announced that it was awarded a position on the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Enterprise Development, Operations Services (EDOS) contract, a Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA) with a ceiling value of $2.6 billion. The multiple-award BPA has a seven-year period of performance.

That's $2.6 billion of our taxpayer money — yours and mine, taken from us by force of law, to be distributed apparently by the venal to the corrupt. It's unclear what Booz Allen Hamilton's net profit will be on this sweet deal, but it's safe to say nobody employed there will be missing any meals.

In summary: Booz Allen Hamilton has a track record of hiring partisan activists, who then go on to use their access, gained by their employer, to release sensitive information about their fellow citizens. In the case of Charles Littlejohn, he did this with what can only be viewed as the intent to influence an election. This is intolerable. The left-leaning legacy media is certainly doing its part to run interference for Booz Allen Hamilton. For example, Politico published at least three stories about Charles LIttlejohn's release of sensitive information. Not once have they mentioned his employer. This organization can only be called a rogue contractor who regularly has hired rogue operatives, and who hires former administration officials to maintain contacts at the highest levels in the federal government.

This is the Swamp, folks. It's there every day, and it's much larger than just people elected to or employed by the federal government. It's also the legacy media, the Beltway Bandits, and much, much more. Draining it will be a Herculean task; the Aegean Stables ain't got nothing on Washington, D.C.

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