Aformer US tax worker has pleaded guilty to the unauthorised leak of former president Donald Trump’s personal tax records to news organisations.

Charles Littlejohn, a contractor for the IRS, the US-wide tax body, also stole tax data from thousands of other wealthy Americans.

Mr Trump’s lawyers opposed any plea deal and called for Littlejohn to be handed the maximum penalty.

He faces up to five years in prison.

Littlejohn was charged last month with leaking Mr Trump’s tax records, as well as the details of other wealthy Americans. He is due to be sentenced in January.

In court on Thursday, he admitted to one count of disclosing tax return information.

Asked by the court to identify whose information he disclosed, he said aloud “Donald J Trump”, according to CBS News, the BBC’s US partner.

He also said that he gave information about Trump’s taxes to US media outlets the New York Times and ProPublica.

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