There’s Now a Second Whistleblower

There’s Now a Second Whistleblower October 4, 2019

A second whistleblower has been revealed and he’s a career IRS employee. He filed a complaint with the IRS Inspector General saying that a Trump appointee at the agency had interfered with the legally mandated audit of the tax returns of the president and vice-president. The chair of the House Ways and Means Committee, which oversees the IRS, has seen the complaint and said the allegations in it are credible and serious.

An Internal Revenue Service official has filed a whistleblower complaint reporting that he was told at least one Treasury Department political appointee attempted to improperly interfere with the annual audit of the president or vice president’s tax returns, according to multiple people familiar with the document.

Trump administration officials dismissed the whistleblower’s complaint as flimsy because it is based on conversations with other government officials. But congressional Democrats were alarmed by the complaint, now circulating on Capitol Hill, and flagged it to a federal judge. They are also discussing whether to make it public.

The complaint has come amid the escalating legal battle between the Treasury Department and House Democrats over the release of President Trump’s tax returns. Part of that inquiry from Democrats is over how the IRS conducts its annual audit of the president and vice president’s tax returns. That process is supposed to be walled off from political appointees and interference.

In fact, no political appointee is supposed to see the returns or ask the career civil servant doing the routine audits any questions about them at all. It’s inappropriate for any political appointee to have any role at all to play in the process. Cue the accusations that the whistleblower is on the Soros payroll and is a member of the “deep state” who worships Satan and molests children.

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