Donald Trump has repeatedly refused to release his tax returns even though it was one of his campaign promises, and we’re totally sure the former reality show star has nothing to hide. Well, except that, according to The Washington Post, Trump has another whistleblower to worry about after an Internal Revenue Service official filed a complaint claiming that he was told that at least one Treasury Department official tried to interfere with an audit of “President” Trump’s or Vice President Pence’s tax returns.
Two Trump administration officials shrugged off the complaint, saying that it was hearsay — we keep hearing that word with this administration — and claimed that it was politically motivated. Meanwhile, Democrats who have reviewed the complaint say that it is a deeply significant allegation.
Rep. Richard E. Neal (D-Mass.), the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, received the whistleblower’s complaint back in July and said that it contains credible evidence of “potential ‘inappropriate efforts to influence’ the audit program.” Also, Neal also said the complaint raises “serious and urgent concerns.”
Neal sent a letter to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin (R-Trump) on August 8th, saying the committee received an “unsolicited communication” from a federal employee on July 29.
Neal called the allegations “credible” in his letter to Mnuchin, saying they pointed to “evidence of possible misconduct.”
“This is a grave charge that appreciably heightens the committee’s concerns about the absence of appropriate safeguards as part of the mandatory audit program and whether statutory codification of such program or other remedial, legislative measures are warranted,” he wrote in the letter.
The newspaper confirmed that the whistleblower is a career official at the IRS. The whistleblower also confirmed to the paper that he had filed a formal complaint and sent it to the tax committee chairs in both houses of Congress, including Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa), and to the Treasury Department Inspector General for Tax Administration on July 29.
The whistleblower told the paper that his complaint was not politically motivated.
“Anyone who knows me knows I would not hesitate to do the same, as would most career IRS public servants, regardless of any political preference,” he said. “I take very seriously the duty of career civil servants to act with integrity and perform our duties impartially, even at the risk that someone will make a charge of bias.”
We’ll just add this tweet here:
Your daily reminder that Trump is the first president elected since Richard Nixon to refuse to release his tax returns, and any payments from Russia remain secret.
— Citizens for Ethics (@CREWcrew) October 3, 2019
Trump has promised to release his taxes, but now that he’s in office, he refuses to do so FOR SOME REASON.
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