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Tue Nov 19, 2019, 12:06 PM

IRS Whistleblower Cites Pressure on Trump Audit (improper interference by Treasury)

WASHINGTON ó Senate Finance Committee staff members met this month with an Internal Revenue Service whistleblower who has alleged that senior Treasury Department officials tried to exert influence over the mandatory audit of President Donald Trumpís tax returns, a congressional aide said Monday.

The whistleblower contacted the staff of the House Ways and Means Committee over the summer and accused political appointees in the Treasury Department of improperly involving themselves in the audit and putting pressure of some kind on senior officials in the IRS.

The Ways and Means Committee has been reviewing the allegations, which were included in a complaint, and in early November the staffs of Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa, the Republican chairman of the Finance Committee, and Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon, the panelís top Democrat, interviewed the IRS employee.

The details of the allegations remain unclear, though a person familiar with the complaint has said that it did not directly implicate Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin in the political meddling.

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Mike 03 Nov 2019 #1

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Tue Nov 19, 2019, 12:12 PM

1. If it's not Mnuchin, that basically leaves Charles Rettig, no?

I still have my doubts about Mnuchin. "Does not directly implicate."

EDIT: Unless the interference came from outside the Treasury/IRS chain of command.

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