Presidential and Vice-Presidential audits are mandatory.
According to an anonymous male IRS official, a political appointee in the IRS “attempted to meddled” in the audit of either Trump or Pence’s taxes from this last year.
The whistleblower came forward to speak to the Washington Post, giving few substantive details, but expressing some well-founded concern about the whistleblower process itself:
His complaint focuses on allegations that at least one political appointee at the Treasury Department attempted to interfere with the IRS’s mandatory audit process, in which it audits the tax returns of the president and vice president each year.
The tipster is reportedly speaking to the Washington Post, and declined to tell the newspaper about the details of the complaint.
“I steadfastly refuse to discuss the substance or details of the complaint, but I have some legitimate concerns about reckless statements being made about whistleblowers,” he told the newspaper.
The whistleblower is going to adhere to the law to the letter, but he’s not going to let anyone call him a “spy” or political traitor, that much seems certain.
Without engaging in toooo much speculation, if I had to pick whether the audit concerned Trump or Pence, my money would be on the guy who has steadfastly refused – sued, even, to keep a court from ordering otherwise – to turn over his taxes, and has been legitimately accused of making boatloads of money off “being president.”
Sure, it could be Pence, but …
But, the entire reason that we have not had hearings on this particular whistleblower complaint is ….
House Ways and Means Chair Rep. Richard Neal (D-MA) received the complaint on July 29, and told a federal judge about it in August as part of a lawsuit that seeks to force the Trump administration to comply with the committee’s demand for the President’s tax returns.
I am guessing. But, my guess is that the whistleblower – in wanting to adhere to the law – did not yet want to finger the president, and thus put forth the “either/or” thing. Because I cannot for the life of me figure out why the whistleblower complaint would assist in Rep. Richard Neal’s lawsuit to force Trump to hand over his tax returns to the congressional committee, if the complaint didn’t involve Trump.
But that’s just me.
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