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Report: Trump Backs Scientology Losing Tax Status, Aide Says

Report: Trump Backs Scientology Losing Tax Status, Aide Says
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By    |   Thursday, 09 November 2017 10:36 PM

President Donald Trump supports the Church of Scientology losing its tax-exempt status, according to news reports Thursday.

Lynne Patton, a Trump family friend who is now an administrator at the Department of Housing and Urban Development, tweeted actress Leah Remini in May saying that the president "couldn't agree more" that the church should lose its status, HuffPost reported.

"From the moment I saw your series I told President Trump & his family we needed to revoke their tax exempt status. They couldn't agree more, but please don't publicize that yet," Patton tweeted Remini in messages obtained by HuffPost.

"This is going to get done in the next 4 years or I'll die trying. Knock on wood!"

Patton, who has worked for the Trump family since 2009, spoke in favor of Trump at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland in June.

Remini, who starred in "King of Queens," created the show "Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath."

The Emmy Award-winning documentary, in its second season, examines the Church of Scientology and its alleged abuse of critics.

Remini left the church in 2013.

"I look forward to doing my part to help put an end to this ongoing nightmare and blatant misuse of our IRS rules & regulations," Patton wrote to Remini.

"I want to do more research on Scientology's history with the IRS, to date, so that I can better understand what tactics have been applied and where we can pick up."

HuffPost reported that it was not clear whether Patton approached the IRS. A request for comment has not yet been returned.

In addition, experts told HuffPost that such a move from the administration would probably be illegal.

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