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CNN: Whistleblower Alleges Misconduct on Trump IRS Audit

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By    |   Tuesday, 01 October 2019 09:48 PM

A federal employee sent a letter at the end of July to the House Ways and Means Committee alleging "possible misconduct" and "inappropriate efforts" to meddle with the Internal Revenue Service's audit of President Donald Trump, reports CNN.

"On July 29, 2019, the Committee received an unsolicited communication from a Federal employee setting forth credible allegations of 'evidence of possible misconduct' – specifically, potential 'inappropriate efforts to influence' the mandatory audit program," committee Chairman Richard Neal, D-Mass., wrote in his letter to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin dated Aug. 8.

"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."

The complaint is the second filed against the Trump administration over the past few months. Another grievance claims the White House tried to "lock down" records of Trump's call with the Ukraine president where Trump pressured the European leader to investigate Democratic presidential frontrunner Joe Biden and his son Hunter.

The whistleblower, who has not been identified publicly, alleged Trump was abusing the power of his office to urge Ukraine to gather dirt on Biden, which the National Intelligence Inspector General Michael Atkinson labeled of "urgent concern."

House Democrats launched an impeachment inquiry against Trump last week before the transcript's release.

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The House Ways and Means Committee received a second whistleblower complaint alleging "possible misconduct" and "inappropriate efforts" to meddle with the Internal Revenue Service's audit of President Donald Trump, CNN reported.
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