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IRS Whistleblower Claims Trump or Pence Audit Interference

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Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, received transcribed remarks from an IRS whistleblower, who alleges that at least one Treasury Department appointee has attempted to interfere in an ongoing audit, either of President Donald Trump or Vice President Mike Pence. (Pablo Martinez-Monsivais/AP)

By    |   Friday, 31 January 2020 11:20 AM EST

A career Internal Revenue Service official has approached the heads of the Senate Finance Committee claiming that an audit of the president or vice president has been interfered with, The Washington Post reports.

The committee’s chairman, Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and ranking member, Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., both received transcribed remarks from the whistleblower, who alleges that at least one Treasury Department appointee has attempted to interfere in an ongoing audit, either of President Donald Trump or Vice President Mike Pence. The IRS is a division of the Treasury Department, which is headed by Secretary Steven Mnuchin, the former national finance chairman for the 2016 Trump campaign.

Grassley and Wyden’s spokespeople both either declined to comment or confirm whether the interview took place. Two unidentified sources disclosed details of the complaint to the Post on the condition of anonymity. 

“It seems Wyden and Grassley are doing their due diligence. The tax writing committees ought to find out about this,” Steve Rosenthal, senior fellow at the nonpartisan Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center, told the newspaper. “The next step would be, depending on what happened, pursuing the next step to corroborate what the whistleblower said.” 

House Ways and Means Chairman Richard Neal, D-Mass., first disclosed the complaint last August in a court filing related to his lawsuit over Trump’s tax returns, saying that it raised “serious and urgent concerns” about how the president is audited.

Theodore Bunker

Theodore Bunker, a Newsmax writer, has more than a decade covering news, media, and politics.

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A career Internal Revenue Service official has approached the heads of the Senate Finance Committee claiming that an audit of the president or vice president has been interfered with, The Washington Post reports.
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