IRS Whistleblower Gives House Democrats Information On ‘Evidence Of Possible ‘Misconduct’ With Trump Tax Audit
House Democrats have revealed that an employee at the Internal Revenue Service has brought them potential evidence of misconduct regarding an audit of President Donald Trump.
This is the first major development in the Democrats efforts to obtain Trump’s financial information. Democrats worry that the President was impeding the audit.
In July, Democrats from the House Ways and Means Committee sued the Trump administration for not complying with a federal law that gives access to Trump’s financial records to certain House chairmen.
The committee hopes to use this whistleblower to get U.S District Judge Trevor McFadden to quickly order Trump and his team to obey the law. The case could last over a year.
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It would normally be illegal for an IRS employee to disclose tax information. But there are laws that give them the right to give the information to an investigative committee if they suspect wrongdoing.
Committee Chairman Richard Neal (D-Massachusetts) wants six years of Trump’s personal and business financial records.
In a filing submitted by House Democrats, Neal states that during one of the yearly presidential audits, there could have been misconduct by federal agents.
It states that in July they “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.”
The whistleblower’s statements could be crucial in getting the Democrats the president’s tax record and help gain support for further investigations.
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