A New York Times writer tweeted an invitation for any IRS agent with access to "leak" President Trump's unreleased tax returns to him for publication.
Responding to a remark by a Vox editor that "the IRS never leaks," Nicholas Kristof tweeted, "But, if you're in the IRS and have a certain president's tax return that you'd like to leak..."
He listed the paper's Times Square mailing address at the end of the 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. https://t.co/ujYe100Tn9
— Nicholas Kristof (@NickKristof) March 6, 2017
Any agent that knowingly would comply with Kristof's invitation would be committing a felony.
According to The Hill, journalists who publish leaked information they did not solicit are usually not prosecuted, but the laws are murkier if the journalist is found to be involved in the actual leak.
Last year, the New York Times published then-candidate Trump's tax returns from 1995.
That release resulted in a controversy over some of the losses Trump declared against his return, which may have resulted in legal non-payment of more than a decade's worth of future tax liabilities.
Kristof, 57, is the paper's world affairs reporter and a regular columnist.